Beth Mai is a teacher from Ontario, Canada. With over 20 years of experience working with curious students ages 5-19, Beth enjoys creating interdisciplinary challenges that are rich, stimulating, engaging, and rewarding for learners.
Beth started her adult life as a public school teacher but now homeschools with her own gifted kids. Beth is also the director and lead teacher at Stanton Academy, a not-for-profit democratic microschool for bright, gifted, and 2e learners. Publicly, she is also a passionate advocate for gifted and 2e children and their needs.
Beth was a curious kid and is still curious as an adult. When not teaching, volunteering her time somewhere, or hanging out with her boys, Beth can be found trying out new recipes, reading a good book from her stack, or trying something that leads her just outside her comfort zone. Always on a new adventure, Beth is excited to be teaching with GHF.
We are witnessing dramatic effects of climate change on our planet. While some have their sights set on the moon as a possible home for humans, this class challenges you to explore the idea of utilizing our planet’s own resources to create a new community here on Earth – underwater!
Our world is changing and many of us care and worry about what our future will look like living on this planet. In this class, we will be learning more about climate change, how climate change impacts our environments, and how humans can plan proactively for our changing future.
Could You Live Underwater is recommended for learners ages 13 to 18. In Could You Live Underwater, we begin by exploring what humans need in order to survive. From there, we’ll investigate large bodies of water around the world and consider qualities and characteristics that make them good candidates for an underwater home site. Next, we’ll explore what materials we should use and how we can access what we need for survival from our new underwater homes. Some consideration may be given to the cost/feasibility, depending on the group and opportunities to do so.
This class is organized around a final project. As final assignment, participants will design and present a drawn plan or 3D model of their underwater home, explaining their reasons for their choices. Students may present their project in a wide range of formats.
Sample Course Outline
Could You Live Underwater is organized around helping students design and construct an underwater home as a project based class. A sample course outline is:
- Class 1: What is climate change? Why might people need to think about living underwater?
- Class 2: What do people require to survive? Which needs would be hardest to meet in an underwater home?
- Class 3 and 4: How can we use science and technology to help us meet our needs in an underwater environment?
- Class 5: Where are the best places on earth to build an underwater home? Why?
- Classes 6 and 7: How can we design our home so we can meet our needs?
- Class 8: Final project presentations
Could You Live Underwater is offered Fall 2019.