Week IV update

The lab read a paper this week that has altered the course of my summer. The lab read How Students Learn Content in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)Through Drawing Activities. This paper talks about the benefits and downfalls of teaching through drawing activities in stem related fields. The paper expands upon this idea by displaying which explain how drawing can build skills essential to building expertise.

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In The Shadow Of Kilimanjaro: Week 7

Our New Community Water Tower In Front Of Kilimanjaro

Our New Community Water Tower In Front Of Kilimanjaro

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Update 7/10: Archival Trip to Beijing

 

Things happened, but I am back from Beijing.

The entrance into the China First Historical Archive in Beijing requires an application on arrival, which I did expect but was overly optimistic about. Unlike a visa on arrival, the application does not guarantee the permission of entry. Though seeing a reference letter from a Chinese professor (who does not supervise the project but is willing to validate my identity and research project, and wish to be anonymous), the archive’s receptionist immediately denied my entrance on the first day I arrived in Beijing. While presuming I might be admitted the day after submitting my application, I was notified on the next day that the review of application could take a week at most. When I waited for the application result, I have visited the Chinese National Library and National Museum and attended few historical seminars hosted by the Peking University and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. I received the entry permit from the archive’s administration on the fifth day in Beijing. The whole administrative impediment, except the requirement of a reference letter from a Chinese scholar, was not mentioned by the archive staff, who answered my phone call and inquiries before I set off.

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