Mine Safety for Peru's Kids on OLPC - Lessons from Navajos

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By Anonymous ( on Wednesday, January 30, 2008 - 12:45 pm: Edit Post

Navajo Lessons on Mine Safety for Kids

Navajos have basic health care and no physics in High School at BLM schools.
Navajos live on the largest and poorest Indian reservation and largest radioactive waste dump.
Many Navajos live in nuclear tailings:
They also own the largest coal reserves in America.

Dine Care is working on Scratch cartoon to educate kids about coal power on Navajo res. and global warming.
They are cannibalizing my fusion and power grid cartoons: (How about a Peruvian Mining cartoon?)

Now we can add MATLAB/Linear Algebra global warming sim for high school kids.
For Navajo/Hispanic kids with Algebra:

MATLAB for Problem Solving (Global Warming)

Excellent tutorial on MATLAB and data management on global warming.

Can we create math/global warming cartoons for lower grades?

Ask any kid in 6th grade in US what is their main concern (Global Warming).
Ask kids on Navajo reservation? Ask kids in Peru?

Now Peru is OLPC biggest customer.
They need software for kids on dangers of smelters and mining for kids.
How do we write software to educate and motivate these kids?
Political backlash? A cartoon can change minds?
My son went through defunct silver mines in Colorado on a tour.
He lost his ticket and the mine tour guide gave him a hammer and chisel and said he would come back for him.(as a joke)
Then he turned off the lights to let us see what mining was like in 1880's and that children did the work.
Peru still does this today. How does OLPC give kids an education in mine safety and math?

Henry Brown
PVC Jamaica, WI 1976-78

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