Project-Based Learning Middle Schoolers at Lancaster Mennonite hosted their first quarter Exhibition night on Thursday, 10/24 at 6pm. They spent the last few months researching regions of the world that are experiencing a water crisis and then problem-solved, prototyped, analyzed, designed and built solutions. From focusing on a water shortage in India to hurricanes in the Bahamas they created desalination filters, rain catchment systems, hurricane simulators, redesigned groundwater wells, developed new water carrying systems to free women up so they can attend school – and more incredible projects that they presented and demonstrated last Thursday night.

Over 200 guests attended the public event and heard first-hand about the global water crisis around the world and how students designed solutions.

“Most of the world’s valuable resources, water included, are shared in common: where individuals, corporations, and governments have the right to freely use. A problem occurs when one person’s/institution’s use of water affects others access to safe, clean drinking water. It is our calling as followers of Jesus to be stewards, mindful of our local and global responsibility to care. Our students are learning to tackle these problems head on with innovative solutions.” Eloy Rodriguez, principal at Lancaster Mennonite Middle School.

The Middle School’s next quarter theme is called “The 100 People Project: A World Portrait”, and is focused on people and populations. Understanding the world’s population is hindered by the sheer size of the task. We can measure numbers and statistics, but the reality of 7.5 billion people is infinitely more difficult to comprehend. While it is virtually impossible to accurately portray the life experiences of each one of us, the aim of this project is to select and present a representative sample of 100 of the earth’s population. This much smaller yet proportionally accurate portrait offers a more manageable way for us to better understand who we are as a species. It is our hope that this work will inspire people to see the world in a new way. Who are the people each of us shares our neighborhood, community, town, school, and country with? Where does each of us fit in?

The project will capture in film, photography, music and text 100 individuals who represent the global population, proportionate to annual global surveys and statistics. This world portrait will be used to make an introduction between the peoples of the earth and to facilitate an understanding of the diversity and commonalities among us.

Exhibition night is open to the public and will be held on January 9, 2020 at 6:00 PM.

Prepared by Carrie King – Creative Director at Lancaster Mennonite School