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Don't Like Your Country? Create One!

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Participate and share : Poster

Monday, June 24, 8:00–10:00 am
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 40

Maria Cecilia Laborde  
Departing from Mexico's current sociopolitical and environmental situation, students create a country from scratch that purports to solve a particular problem of modern Mexico. Students create everything, from the country's location and name, to its laws, economy, political culture and norms, and social values.

Audience: Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Project-, problem- and challenge-based learning
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.
Innovative Designer
  • Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
Additional detail: Student presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose and objective for the students (creators of the project):
-The student will learn the values and elements that society requires for its functioning by creating a country that attempts to solve the problems that afflict Mexican society.
-The students will be required to explore systems of governance, currency, environment, culture, patriotism, and other national symbolism.
-The student will engage with this project by using available technologies like 3D printers and computer simulated models to design some elements of their project.
-The students will work as a member of a team, which will require a student to work on their collaborative and conflict solving skills.
Purpose and objective of the project:
-The project attempts to foster innovation and creativity addressed at solving a discrete set of issues by use of critical thinking skills.
-Learning will be evaluated by use of a rubric that assesses the student's progress on conflict resolution, use of technology, team effort, and creativity of proposed solution, as well as the use and work on the Maker Space.
Purpose and objective for the attendees:
-The attendee will understand the values underlying the creation of a Constitution and the importance of adhering to the rule of law.
-The attendee will emerge with an understanding of the problems of environmental extraction, poverty, education, and governance that accompany life in modern societies.
-The attendee will appreciate how students emerge, create and solve problems by using technology and the Maker Space.

Supporting research

-Cabrero-Mendoza, E. (2000). Mexican local governance in transition: Fleeting change or permanent transformation?. The American Review of Public Administration, 30(4), 374-388.
-Cruz Ramos, L; Miguel Marin, A; Juárez Hernández, A.F. (2014). Formación Cívica y Ética II. México: Ríos de Tinta.
-HUMANOS, D. U. D. L. D. (1948). Declaración universal de los derechos humanos.
-Lawson, C. (2007). How did we get here? Mexican democracy after the 2006 elections. PS: Political Science & Politics, 40(1), 45-48.
-Política, C., LA DE, Q. R., & FEBRERO, D. (1917). Constitución Política de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos. Extraído de http://www. diputados. gob. mx/LeyesBiblio/pdf/1. pdf Última reforma publicada en el DOF el, 9.
-Vernez, G., & Ronfeldt, D. (1991). The current situation in Mexican immigration. Science, 251(4998), 1189-1193.

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Maria Cecilia Laborde, Maddox Academy

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