Phase 0: Getting Started: Topic Exploration and Selection
Microcampus will be a great experience, do not be fooled by the "one month of no school", but we will be hard at work. Not only must we keep up with school work, but we also have to do an Inquiry Project. For our Inquiry Projects, all Microcampus students must pick topic that they will study for 28 days in the village we will be living in. As we will spend a lot of time with working on our projects, it is best to pick a topic that interests us personally. We were allowed to pick our topics from a large list, everyone had a few choices they liked. Though we all had to narrow it down to just one topic.
I have decided that I will be doing architecture. Other topics I was interested in, but decided against, were government and medicine.
I decided on doing architecture because it sounds interesting. I think that architecture is pretty cool in general. It combines math and science with art. To build something, such as a building, you would need calculations to insure a stable and safe structure. And to add a creative touch to the math, you can design a building that has art elements as well. Architecture also expresses culture too, for example in Ancient Greece, they used architecture in an amazing way. Seeing the different architecture in Shanghai shown in its buildings, such as the Pearl tower, or the new Shanghai tower, I am interested to compare modern/pop culture architecture with more cultural ones. For architecture, I imagine I would observe the buildings around me. I would be around the original beauty of the early buildings that are being restored. I may also compare the difference to the villages architecture to architecture in Shanghai. Things I could ask would be: How did people in the past create these buildings?
Government is a topic I was thinking about doing, as I like learning how things work in the world; looking into the foundation of the village we will be visiting sounds interesting. I would like to see how this village works, and if they have laws of their own. Laws and rules are important in a civilization. If people were not kept in line, chaos would consume the village. Government in a village would be how the village runs. I would need to learn about leaders roles in running the village. Contrasting their system of government to ones such as China's or the U.S.A.'s would be a good thing to do, too. I may ask: What are their laws? Do they have elections? Is their way of government better and more efficient than the system other countries use?
Because I am interested in looking at the foundation of the village, I would have be looking at health/medicine. To survive as a living community, the need of medicine is very important. If villagers are no longer able to earn an income due to lack of health, their whole village would crumble. When researching medicine in the village, I would learn about local health care. As the village uses traditional Chinese medicine, i would look into how there methods are different to modern medicine. A few questions may be: How do they treat sicknesses? What are some surgeries that have had to do? How do they operate?
All of these topics are important in society. Without medicine or government societies would not be able to survive, and architecture allows buildings to be safely built. It also adds an artist's touch to it. In the next phase of my Inquiry Project, Phase 1, I will be doing additional background research.