Guest Blog by Pete Monfre
Kids Lead Medical Aid Mission to Nicaragua. Broadcast live by satellite!
Enzo, Haley and Emma are ordinary kids working on an extraordinary mission. They are joining up with a team of Special Forces medics and surgeons to deliver medical aid to the Rama Indians of Nicaragua in the spring of 2013.
The journey will be beamed to tens of thousands of other kids around the globe by satellite as the three middle school students trek through the jungles of Central America performing research and learning how innovation improves peoples’ lives.
Enzo, Haley and Emma are three of six kid hosts of Exploration Nation, an education program that features real kids doing real science around the globe. These adventures are captured on video and coupled with lesson plans designed to inspire and motivate elementary and middle school students to take up careers in science.
The Expedition was created by Enzoology Education a social enterprise that produces Exploration Nation to send the message that “science education is the tide that raises all boats”.
According to research by Raytheon and others, America loses about 60% of its future innovators before the age of 13. These are kids who start elementary school genuinely excited about science. By the time they hit seventh grade, the majority feel that science is “boring” and irrelevant to their lives. Of course the irony of this belief is lost on the most wired and healthy generation in history.
Team XN: Expedition Central America is designed to show how scientific innovations in agriculture, renewable fuels, ethnobotany and medicine improve the living conditions of all people – especially the impoverished.
The Rama have a sophisticated tradition of environmental stewardship and an intimate knowledge of the rainforest in which they live. Nevertheless, they currently struggle to fulfill their basic needs, such as access to clean water and medical care. The average community member lives on 25 cents per day.
1. Go to www.ExplorationNation.com/contribute to contribute to this cause. You’ll get great rewards ranging from a lifetime subscription to Exploration Nation to actually going on the expedition with the team.
- Next, please send this message to everyone in your network including friends, educators, business colleagues, media contacts and family.
- If you do not wish to send to your entire list, please pick the 10 or 15 friends you believe to be the most passionate about education and send this message to them.
- Finally, get the message out on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, etc. Hash tag include: #TeamXN #STEM