Wildfires - Inquiry Project

What is an Inquiry Project?

All Microcampus students spend a significant amount of time each week devoted to investigating a topic of high personal interest that relates to the Xizhou area. Students actively seek and depend upon the wisdom of the people living in and around Xizhou to support their active investigation into their chosen area of interest.

During their exploration of one of the wide range of possible topics, students will be supported by a framework for inquiry that features the following four main phases:
    1) Posing Real Questions
    2) Finding Resources
    3) Interpreting Information
    4) Reporting Findings
The process is designed to be cyclical in nature, however, and will involve plenty of reflection, questioning, and reframing their research as new information is found. All student work will be made public during the research process online; it is hoped that readers will provide feedback to students during the research process and follow along as the students report their learning.

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Updated 1 year 1 week ago
xander01px2023's picture

In this Phase, I will be reflecting on my background research from Phase 3 and at finding an expert on my topic via google scholar. I will be emailing the expert to get really good information that we can use in our inquiry project. In the later parts of this Phase, I will be talking to 3-5 adults about contacts that I should talk to in Xizhou and where I can find them.

Updated 1 year 3 months ago
xander01px2023's picture

This is the start of a learning journey and about why I chose topics or not. This journey eventually ends in a town called Xizhou exploring their culture and surroundings on a 28-day trip. This is to prepare for the 28 days of researching the topic of most interest to me. Many topics were taken into consideration but narrowed down into one that I will eventually study and report about.

Updated 1 year 3 months ago
cathleen01px2023's picture

On March 9th, 2019, I will be flying across China to a city called Xizhou for 28 days. This is not an ordinary trip, rather it is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see a world beyond our modern world to learn in the city independently. For those 28 days, I will be studying a project on top of the regular schoolwork that I am doing.

Updated 1 year 3 months ago
erin01px2023's picture

Once again on the 23rd trip of Microcampus, 16 eighth graders prepare to leave the "Shanghai bubble" for their 28-day journey in Xizhou, Yunan. All 16 of us were given a long list of projects we could focus on for the 28 days. When I first started to scroll through the list of the topics, I did not know what to choose. Then I started to realize that I would only stop and read the descriptors for topics that had to do with stories and food.