The Office of Learning and Development at MSB is always looking for creative and meaningful ways to enrich our children's learning through real-world experiences. Making peace, building harmonious relationships with nature is part of our Montessori identity.
Last week, our Middle School students got a better understanding of a scientist’s life and explored how to save the endangered white dolphins through an online session with the Pan Wenshi's Institute of Biodiversity Research. Pan is a professor of Peking University’s School of Life Sciences.
It also marked the beginning of our partnership with the non-profit institute that is dedicated to the harmony between humans and nature, which matched well with MSB’s vision for a more compassionate generation.
“Through this partnership, MSB children will have a chance to work with leading scientists and researchers, develop environmental awareness, grow their understanding of economic development while still appreciating the beauty of nature,” said Iris, Office of Learning and Development Coordinator.
“The scientists and researchers of the institute has provided numerous resources for our teachers to share with children as young as our Toddler to Middle School,” said Iris.
During the online session, a pair of researchers of the institute, led by Pan Yue, Professor Pan Wenshi’s daughter, shared their expertise and offered students insights on the White Dolphin Conservation Program based in Beibu Gulf of Qinzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
“We go to sea every two days, collecting water samples, observing the dolphins and keeping track of their growth. Though we can’t talk to the mammal, we can follow them by means of photo, video and sound,” said Pan Yue.
After 18 years of scientific research into the endangered species living around the gulf in Qinzhou, the perseverance paid off as the population size has increased from 96 to 300, according to Pan. Local economic development and aquaculture are major threats to the species unique to China.
“We conduct analysis on a wide range of data that covers the dolphins’ age structure, breeding, population viability, and ecosystem of their habitat, just to name a few. We presented the result of analysis to the local government in a bid to map out conservation strategies.”
As we embark on this journey with Professor Pan's team, MSB is looking forward to celebrating World Dolphin Day on April 14th, 2022!
MSB is always looking for partners and guests to come in and share their expertise, giving opportunities for students to enrich their learning experiences and expand their horizons. In April, we partnered with Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious universities, to provide students with an intangible cultural heritage program.