Project ASH2070

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It is hoped that School Closures will not impinge too heavily on this project, as progressing it does not rely on F2F meetings, and can be conducted thru supervised online meetings. If further developments or decisions dictate otherwise, we will inform all participants. Until further notice, work to the schedule shown below.

ASH2070 – A  vision of what Ashbourne will look like in fifty years
a project for Transition-year (TYR) students
 

Concept description 

  • Concept:
    • Challenge eight groups of students to research and prepare a Vision Statement describing what Ashbourne could look like in the year 2070, along eight Domains (g. Education, Science & Technology)
    • Both Second-level schools TYRs would participate
    • The eight Domains will be divided between the two schools. This will diminish the competitive element and should allow more in-depth research.
  • Assumptions (pro-tem):
    • The assumptions are important to narrow the scope of the research to a manageable scale. The final list of assumptions will emerge from a question and answer session which will happen before the project proper commences
    • Assumption 1: No Global catastrophes such as a meteor strike, war of global proportions, epidemic on scale of (say) Black Death of 1347
    • Assumption 2: Environmental change will continue its present trajectory (too little too late, though deterioration slowing) until current students become the decision makers, at which stage radical adaptation will become the norm (the group focusing on the environment might change this assumption however).
  • Each group (consisting of 2-4 students) to focus on a single ‘Domain‘, drawn from the following list:
Domain Mentor 
1 Community, local and national government structures On hold
2 Culture (Arts, Drama, Literature, Popular Entertainment, Music, Belief systems, etc.) Mary Murphy
3 Education Ciaran Flynn
4 Environment Irene Hughes
5 Health On hold
6 Science and Technology Sean Mitchell
7 National and International economic and social structures, world trade, patterns of travel/transport. Jack Holmes
8 Sport Liam Moggan

Mentors: A mentor will be available to each Team. Mentors will be adults who have experience in a specific Domain.

Looking back at Project End, what will success look like?

  1. Ten weeks of enthusiastic engagement by students
  2. A concluding report that has the audience on May 18 on the edge of their seats
  3. A bunch of research teams who act on their own initiative, who drive their mentor and teacher
  4. A decision to repeat the project next year, over the full year, with the same domains but different topics among new TY students
  5. An interest from other schools in other Towns, a spreading of the word.

The original template and the present situation:

  1. The original idea was that this project would be spread over the full transition year, roughly three months for the three stages of Fact-gathering, Hypothesis-building and Conclusion. Clearly, when we try to do that in a third of the time, something gives, in this case the degree to which the students are allowed free rein to use their initiative in terms of research areas, sources, etc. (They can be allowed free rein to draw conclusions, however). Frankly, it was considered that it was too late to do anything worthwhile this year. However, if we view it as a pilot, it will have significant value for future years.
  2. If one is tempted to say, ‘This can’t be done in this time frame’, consider what we’re asking you to do: We’re asking you to read two or three books between your group, maybe also a few papers, debate what you’ve learned, draw conclusions and report. We won’t be awarding Ph.D.’s but I expect the conclusions will be interesting nevertheless.

The abridged version – the next ten weeks:

Week commencing Activity
9 March First meeting with Mentors, describe the Domain, choose a research question
16 March Research, reading, fact gathering
23 March Research, reading, fact gathering
30 March Research, Reflection, debate, development of options/hypotheses
6 April Research, Reflection, debate, development of options/hypotheses
13 April Reflection, debate, development of options/hypotheses
20 April Reflection, debate, development of options/hypotheses
27 April Cross-reference to other domains, development of assumptions
4 May Selection of 2070 scenario at the Domain level
11 May Implications for Ashbourne, Prepare final report and presentation
18 May Symposium

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‘Lessons learned’ at level of overall ASH2070 Project:

  1. Do webmaster training on WordPress for at least one person from each group at the start of the year.