Phase 0: Getting Started: Topic Exploration and Selection
I will be traveling with 9 other students to a small village name Xizhou. During these days, we are going to working on our inquiry project. We will have a fresh experience about new things such as different living standard and etc. We all have to step outside of our bubble to be able to do this. When I look at the long list of topics I can choose, the first thing I have to do is to narrow my scope. I narrowed the topic down by looking for my interest and how important it is to the society right now. I pick my top three choices, which are the water usage/ treatment, the education system and textile production respectively. I also want to do photography for my “Non-project Projects”.
Among the three topics that I narrowed down, I believe that water usage/treatment is the most important one. The human brain is made out of 92% of water, and lungs 90%. Water is indispensable to every living creature on Earth, and if there is only a mere 2% of water in your body, you will be dehydrated. I would like to learn about the fact that where the water source is to provide water for Xizhou and how they treat or use the water. I imagine if I could have the opportunity to communicate with the experts in that region, I would understand more about the water usage/treatment, and I also could measure the PH scale of the water and ask the locals about their water. Therefore, all of this information will be benefitting this project.
Out of the three topics that I narrowed down, I thought that the Textile Production is the second most important. I think that the textile production plays a vital part in Xizhou's economy condition. However, I am not really in to textile production as the health of people, so I have to cross this out. As much as I wanted to know about the education system of Xizhou, I decided to discard the topic. Local education system is pretty much the same as throughout China, and I already have studied the education system of China back in Dulwich.
Sujin H, Who is a Microcamous Alumni, has suggested future Microcampus students, when communicating with a local, state who you are, what is your project and only ask appropriate questions. When you get a information from someone in the village, always double check with other people to check if the information is correct. She has also suggested making a visit to the local tap water company to understand where is the water came from and how do they purify the water.
I have now finished Phase 0, and I looking forward to go to Xizhou, see want I will do at Phase 1.