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Place-based Learning Through Ancestral (Cultural) Knowledge
In my robotics classroom in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, we have been exploring the very circular trajectory of innovation - that innovation is not just something that propels you forward, but rather, often times, it connects us to our past.
This lesson on the power of name and place, highlights the idea that innovation draws on all genius, and that technology is not in opposition to cultural knowledge. Used together they (technology and cultural knowledge) bring out the greatest power in each of us; the strength of who we are and where we come from, unlocking a future of possibilities.
This lesson can be modified to fit the cultural practices and indigenous language of any community. It asks the question "who are you?" and "where do you come from", and guides the student through a journey of revelation and discovery.
Used as is, it is appropriate for younger learners, but with facilitation, it can be used in secondary eduction. This is the lesson I personally used with my robotics students, ages 15 - 17.