Earth Week 2017

Each year, the AES Middle School celebrates Earth Day in some manner. This year we will be hosting a March for Science on campus on Friday, April 21st. We’d love to invite you to celebrate with us!

Interested in joining us? Read on for more information.

Logo design by: Marin Hirono & Ritvik Kumar

March for Science at AES
What: March for Science
When: Friday, April 21st, 10:00-10:20 am
Where: Starting at the MS Field and ending at the Tiger Turf (see map attachment)
Why: To advocate and raise awareness about Environmental Literacy
Who: Anyone in our AES community.
What to Wear: All guests are encouraged to wear green, as we will take a photo at the Tiger Turf upon completion of the March.
Hashtags: Official March for Science — #sciencemarch and AES March for Science — #aessciencemarch
Questions? Contact Alexa Schmid at aschmid@aes.ac.in

Map of the March for Science. Start at the MS Field & End at the Tiger Turf.

Official Earth Day Theme
This year, the Earth Day Network has partnered with the March for Science (#sciencemarch)​. The theme for this year’s official event on April 22​nd​ is Environmental and Climate Literacy. At AES, that will mean building on our strong science curricular foundation, encouraging our students to think about the environmental issues that are important to them, and helping our students find a way to actively be ‘responsible, compassionate global citizens’.

More Details
Next week, students will be working across disciplines and in advisory classes – choosing an environmental topic that’s important to them and creating art, poetry, video etc. to share their enthusiasm with others.

Please enjoy this short video that our student Green Team created.

 

Nobel Laureate: Kailash Satyarthi

Let us unite the world through the compassion for our children.
-Kailash Satyarthi

 

On Friday April 7th, we were fortunate to welcome Nobel Peace Prize Winner Kailash Satyarthi to AES. Kailash Ji is working to end child labor in India and around the world, and has already saved 84,000 children from bonded labor. He has started a campaign called 100 million for 100 million – to help end child labor and provide an opportunity for all children to have a quality education.

Kailash Ji enters the gym and greets children.

Kailash Ji embraces Aarav, a student whose family is close with his own, volunteering at the ashram and working together on the same mission.

Introducing Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi.

He spoke for 45 minutes directly to our students. He talked about their bright faces, their energy, their joy, their dreams….he called them the true heroes and heroines of this world who are full of light. He asked our students if they dream. Do you dream in the night? Do you dream in the day? Do you dream of your future? Do you dream of the future of others? He explained to our students that they are fortunate- they have the opportunity to dream, they have the opportunity to go to a phenomenal school…and there are millions of children who are as fortunate as they are. And there are also millions of children who are not as fortunate as they are.

Kailash Satyarthi speaking to the children of AES.

You could see the love that Kailash Ji has for children.

So inspiring to hear Kailash Satyarthi speak to the students at AES.

Kailash spoke about the fact that there is one earth, and we all walk on the same earth. We are all connected, and it is not okay for there to be 170 million children in the world who are not in school, and instead engaged in child labor. Especially when there are 210 million adults without jobs. Satyarthi stated that it is these children who are not in school who are most vulnerable and the most likely to be radicalized. It is our job to protect our children, as all children must be protected from all dangers.

Satyarthi then told our students about his 100 million for 100 million campaign. He said that he is looking for 100 million children to be the spokesperson, the change-makers, the champions for the 100 million children who are left out.

Students inspired and pledging to help.

Ellen Stern presents Kailash Satyarthi with gifts and gratitude.

Kailash’s final message to us was powerful, the Three Ds:

  • Dream big – not just for yourself, but dream big for all of humanity.
  • Discover the power inside of you, and the possibilities and opportunities outside of you.
  • Do something – act now.

After school, Kailash met with a small working group of students. There were questions and answers for about 20 minutes before Mr. Satyarthi had to leave AES. And then our students engaged in a letter writing exercise and researching addresses of Heads of State for letters that Kailash will be sending out in a week or two.

Small working group engaging in letter writing and researching addresses of Heads of State for Kailash Satyarthi.

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The following video gives an up close account of the kind of work that Satyarthi has spearheaded in India since the 1980s. There is video footage of child labor raids/rescues, which shows how dangerous, heroic and influential his work has been to so many children.

TED Talk: How to make peace? Get angry.

Indian Republic Day 2017

This morning we celebrated Indian Republic Day as a middle school. Our goal was to deepen appreciation for India and celebrate the amazing diversity and gifts that India offers.

First, we clarified the difference between Independence Day (celebrated on August 16th) and Republic Day (celebrated on January 26th).

All throughout India, children participate in poetry competitions and drawing competitions for Republic Day to share their vision of a progressive and unified India. While students listened to beautiful Indian sitar/flute music and viewed images representing the diveristy and magic of India, we asked students to:

  • Think of words and images that represent Republic Day and a peaceful, unified India to you.
  • Capture those words or images on your flag.
  • This could be poetry, pictures, symbols, small moments, powerful words….

Check out what students came up with in the slideshow below.

HOPE Club Trip with Santa!

On Saturday, December 10th, the HOPE Club visited the Tigri School. And they brought a special visitor – Santa Claus!!

The HOPE Club used funds raised from the World Language Bake Sale to purchase socks that were wrapped and gifted to the students. Check out the fun and wonderful work that our middle school students are doing on the weekend!

Visiting Artist: Mask Maker

In early December we were fortunate to have a visiting artist work with our theater students. Her name was Emily Gray and she came to us from the Trestle Mask company in the UK. She conducted workshops with our MS and HS students in the theater. Check out some of the fun in the photos below!

Charging Tanks

The students were given a task to make robot designs that looked like charging tanks and could move over rugged surface with ease.  The students  made sure that their bots were well above the ground level in order to save them from dirt and scratches. They used treads to protect the wheels used. Each student came up with a unique design for tankbot. Student tested their bots in the rock garden and the video demonstrates that.  Enjoy!