Science House Foundation - Joshua FoutsScience House Foundation orchestrates a two-part collaborative gathering first in Rio Branco, the Capital of Acre in the westernmost state of the Amazon region and secondly in Brasilia the capital of Brazil, to engage with a cross-section of scientists, artists, innovators, and policymakers. The conversations about climate change will be documented with audio and video journals by a documentary filmmaker. The insight gained will inspire transformation in Science House’s Planet CheckUp program, which provides environmental testing kits to students, into a globally-influenced program about empowering, educating and informing young people world-wide about how to understand and participate meaningfully in Climate Change dialog.
Tribal Changes App releases blog site focusing on the impacts of climate change on indigenous people and their culture. Visit here.
Among the principles of our work in the development of our "Seeding Possibilities" educational app is a desire to enhance interest and understanding of scientific research to increase youth interest in and enthusiasm for the study of science.
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The Climate of Change: The Art and Process of Understanding Climate Change by Creating an Educational iPhone App
by Joshua Fouts
When Maggie Kaplan (the Founder and Executive Director of Invoking the Pause) and I discussed the possibility that I create an app about Climate Change for my ITP "Seeding Possibilities" second grant, I saw an opportunity for synergy -- synergy between the community I lived with during my Pause and the opportunity to express and explore the impact of Climate Change in a novel way using an iPhone or iPad as a platform. We were thrilled to be given the opportunity to develop this project.
Science, Imagination and
the Art of Adaption: Understanding Climate Change Awareness Through the Prism
of Brazil - Joshua Fouts, Executive
Director, Science House Foundation - In
their "Pause", Joshua Fouts and his team traveled to the heart of the Amazon
jungle to deliver microscopes to the "legacy communities" of the indigenous
Ashaninka People, to teach them about science education and to help them learn
to evaluate the impacts of climate change in their environment.
As a result of that successful Amazon expedition, now awarded with a "Seeding Possibilities" grant, Joshua and Science House Foundation are collaborating with a team of Brazilian anthropologists and game designers at the University of Sao Paulo on the creation of an Iphone/IPad app game that informs players about the culture of another "legacy community" of indigenous ethnic Brazilian people known as the Kaxinawa, who live in the state of Acre, Brazil. The purpose of the game will be to convey the importance of indigenous knowledge and demonstrate the relationship between man and the environment from the standpoint of indigenous peoples, with an emphasis on explaining the impact of climate change on these "legacy communities".
His 2012 grant: Science, Imagination and the Art of Adaption: Understanding Climate Change Awareness Through the Prism of Brazil is featured. Also mentioned is his new ITP "Seeding Possibilities" grant to develop an iPhone/iPad app game about climate change and indigenous culture in the Amazon.
From Kronos to Kairos: Invoking The Pause - Acre, Brazil
things have changed since I was a child," Erishi a 15-year-old pregnant
daughter of one of the Ashaninka leaders told us in Portuguese when we asked
her if she had noticed any changes in the climate in her area. "When I was a
child I never used to get sunburned. Now I do. I used to be able to dive into the
river, now it's too shallow..." Erishi, who has a quiet, thoughtful, demeanor,
with wise eyes, rosy cheeks and a kind smile calmly described the changes to
the climate she has seen in her corner of the Amazon jungle where her community
subsists entirely off resources they grow, hunt and fish in the jungle. I was
amazed that she could recall such dramatic changes at her young age. » Read More