Cultural Connections with High School Students from SNA

Friday Institute for Educational Innovation, BB&T
August 13, 2015
9:00 - 11:30 am
(Note the full program is from 9:00 am - 12:30.)

I. Who Am I? Video Introductions (20 minutes)

As a way to have students introduce themselves and to view/hear themselves speak in English, have students:
  1. Introduce themselves using a Flip camera that is provided for each table.
    • Example: My name is _. I am interested in studying _.
  2. Have 5 students per table introduce themselves with a one take clip. Remember to hold the camera still, shoot close ups, and have the students speak loudly.
  3. We will show the Animoto of the day during lunch.
Photo Clothesline.
  1. Students will pick from photos.
  2. Students will share out.

II. How Do you Problem Solve and Collaborate? (30 minutes)

Have students conduct the Marshmallow Design Challenge and reflect on how they approach problem solving and collaborating.

Learning Outcome:
To understand how you collaborate and problem solve within a group.

Design Challenge:
1. In teams, build the tallest free standing structure that you can using only the materials that you are given.
2. You have exactly 18 minutes to create your structure.
3. When time is called you must stop and back away from your structure.
4. Your structure qualifies only if it is freestanding and it has a marshmallow on top.

Each team is given 1 marshmallow, 1 yard of masking tap, 1 yard string, 20 sticks of uncooked spaghetti. (You have scissors to cut the string but don't use them for anything else).

Determining the Winners:
After time is called, measure each structure. The team with the tallest structure wins the challenge. Give the team a bag of gold coins with chocolate inside as a prize to share.

III. Biopoem and Thinglink (45 minutes)

Say Hello to Myself, My Friends and the World!
This activity will provide students with an opportunity to describe themselves, meet and greet each other, and compare their community in China and their experiences in the U.S. this summer.
1. Have students describe themselves by writing bio-poems. Explore the cool tool Thinglink and upload poems onto corresponding group pictures.

2. Within each group, students are encouraged to take turns to read their poems.

3. Each student uploads a photo capturing the unique experience in this summer camp. Explain in the Thinglink why this moment is impressive and what you learned, felt, thought...

Note for facilitators:
1) Check out ipads one day before and install the app of Thinglink.
2) Create accounts for each group ahead of time.
3) Print out bio-poem sheets and examples.

IV. Generate Questions For NC State Students (10 minutes)

Have students in your group generate 3-4 questions that they would like to have answered during the next segment with NC State students.
Ask for volunteers to be ready to pose questions for the NC State students.

V. NCSU Panel (11:00 - 11:30)

VI. Lunch (11:30 - 12:30)