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The Cabo Verde Tenth Island Project

The Cabo Verde Tenth Island Project

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Question: Is it possible for a team of gifted educators and students to create the worlds most perfect island? I am leading a team of STEM student backpack journalists to the Cabo Verde Islands off the coast of Africa. I am recruiting gifted and talented teachers and students to join me. We are going to work as a team to build the worlds most perfect island. Our job is to base our work on the Santa Luzia uninhabited Cabo Verde Island in the Atlantic Ocean. We are using custom software on our iPads, iPhones, iTouches, Mac's and PC's to complete our project. On April 15, 2011, I will travel to Africa to speak to 600 educators, business leaders, and citizens of the Cabo Verde Islands. In May, 2011, I will meet with the University of Cabo Verde to establish Kids Talk Radio on nine islands. We are asking our teachers and students to participate as interns, consultants and backpack journalists. We have created the necessary websites to help with communication. Super School University was designed to make it possible for educators and students from around the world to conduct project based learning as an international group. Our goal is to work with the worlds most creative and talented teachers and students. Teachers and students work in Super School University Departments. You get to pick the department you want to work in. Super School University: Jr. Medical School Jr. Law School Jr. Business School Jr. Engineering School Jr. Mathematics School Jr. Urban Planning School Jr. Music School Jr. Art School Kids Talk Radio Super School Teen TV Super School Press Youth World News We know that you will have lots of questions. Our websites will help you to understand where we are going with "The Tenth Island Project". This project is designed for teachers that love to teach and student that love to learn. It is our way of getting everybody excited about STEM. You can follow our story at the following websites: www.KidsTalkRadioUSA.com and www.KidsTalkRadioLA.com

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Bob Barboza's picture
Bob Barboza
Bob Barboza, Founder of Super School K12 International University

Cabo Verde Turtles: I am going to the islands this week and will have much more of an idea how science classrooms in America can get involved. Here is some background information.

The Cape Verde nesting population of Loggerhead Sea Turtles (Caretta caretta) is the third largest population in the world after the nesting populations of Oman and Southeast Florida. Up to 90% of the nesting occurs on the island of Boavista, the largest of the eastern islands with an area of approximately 620 km2. Our biology students want to run with this portion of the project.

We are looking for information about the turtles on the island of Santa Luzia. I will get more information and will include your questions when I do my presentation before the educators in Cabo Verde.

Bob Barboza's picture
Bob Barboza
Bob Barboza, Founder of Super School K12 International University

We are looking at using the Mac Book Air. We are going to have a lot of equipment to carry as backpack journalist. I like the light weight CD attachable super drive. The computer has all the room we need for the scientific software and audio and video podcasts. There has been some talk about building some PC's from the bottom up. This would not work on the Mac side. I have to sleep on this one.

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Bob Barboza
Bob Barboza, Founder of Super School K12 International University

What can we do to help our kids understand what is going on with the finances in Portugal? What impact will all of this have on the Cabo Verde Islands? Our students have to understand the differences among the currencies that are being used for the Tenth Island Project. The teachers in California want to go with the euro,dollar and the Cabo Verde escudo.
What would make for exciting math experiences?

Side note: 1 euro = 1.4453 US dollars. What is the best way to keep up with the current rate of the Portuguese escudo?

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Bob Barboza
Bob Barboza, Founder of Super School K12 International University

Good News: It looks like we are going to get to make 3 D models of all ten of the Cabo Verde Islands. The Island of Santa Luzia has been made and it is about 15" long and 5" inches wide. When we put all ten islands on the floor we will be able to calculate exact distances between all of the islands. I would sure like to get some help from a geographer in the group. You can see the 3D printer in action at KidsTalkRadioYouTube.com. We short a video podcast of the printer in action at the 2011 California CUE conference. I will keep you posted. What are your thoughts?

Michael Morera's picture

The 3D models would be a great opportunity to teach ratio and proportion by getting the actual distances of the islands and then converting them to scale when laying them out.

Michael Morera's picture

The 3D models are a great opportunity to teach ratio and proportion by getting the actual distances of the islands and converting them to scale when placing on the ground.

Bob Barboza's picture
Bob Barboza
Bob Barboza, Founder of Super School K12 International University

I am so happy that we will be able to go hands on with the 3D island printouts. We have plans to integrate lots of fun math with the geography lessons. With any luck I will be standing on Santa Luzia Island by Wednesday or Thursday of next week. I have plans to bring back soil and rock samples to the United States. The science team is going to test my samples using the new Apple iPads and the Pasco Scientific equipment. I will create an audio and video podcast of our work in the lab. This will give you a good idea about what equipment that we will be using in the USA. Now I have to get iPads and equipment into the hands of the Cabo Verde students and teachers.

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Bob Barboza
Bob Barboza, Founder of Super School K12 International University

I have been in touch with Dr. Angelo Barbosa(no relation) from the University of Cabo Verde and we are going to try to meet when my airplane touches the ground on the island of Santiago, Cabo Verde. The university is located on two islands, the Island of Sao Vicente and the island of Santiago. I will speak at the educational portion of the conference on Tuesday in the city of Mindelo, San Vicente. This is a perfect location for me. If you check your map, you will see that the island of Santa Luzia is next to Sao Vicente. My goal is to collect soil and rock samples for testing in USA.

Michael Morera's picture

Bob,

Sounds great!
I would be interested in any cultural info including food recipes, and music if convenient for you.

Charles H. Smith's picture

We need more fresh ideas is right. Unfortunately, fresh ideas come at a cost of being ridiculed or worse black balled by the very people who stand to gain the most.

With that said I will offer a fresh idea that is backed by many years of study, a working prototype and independent verification. Yet with all this is still called impossible by the established science community.

The fresh idea is that the universe is full of energy, not a void as now taught. And that this energy can be and has been tapped to produce safe clean unlimited energy for our world. So if we are to create the perfect island then it should have the perfect energy supply systems.

I just spoke in person with the PhD chemist who independently verified the reality of an engine that was producing 107 hp at 800 rpms with no fuel, no intake, no exhaust, no heat and no other source to create the power it was producing other than that it was converting energy from the universe. He and the inventor truly did not know why the engine worked it just did. Because of a lack of a model that answered the question of how could this be possible the engine has set for over 30 years after the inventor died suddenly.

I have come to the knowledge of why this engine works from a need to understand and teach students how to build self replicating robots. Robots that can take the dirt they sit on and convert it into the parts necessary to make copies of themselves. I need to understand the physics of matter in order to make this conversion. In my studies I came across the idea of matter is made of waves in the ocean we call the universe. At first this seemed to good to be true. However, after many years of research I have come to understand that the wave model best fits the true nature of the universe and explains how it all works. Including how and why this impossible engine is real.

You truly cannot put new wine into old bottles. This perfect island project may be our only opportunity to bring about change.

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