Visit sheds light on collapsed civilisation and reminds MCMA pupils what can happen if human appetite for resources goes unchecked

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08/06/2015 by sleach860

rapa nui

MCMA’s Mapping Interfaces project, an initiative of Manchester University’s School University Partnership came to a close last week as learners were rewarded with a behind the scenes visit to the Manchester Museum.

Pupils from MCMA along with learners from Manchester Academy have been working on distinct projects on ancient civilisations (Ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Aztecs etc.) and stateless cultures which exist across borders such as the Inuit in the Arctic region and Amazonian Yanomami. Research skills have been key in this phase.

The visit led and facilitated by Dr Stephanie Koerner  allowed the pupils to present their projects to their peers, exhibiting transferable skills.  Environmental factors were flagged and their effect on different cultures stated.

Following the presentations the learners got to view the Manchester Museum’s latest exhibition Rapa Nui, which focuses on the statues of Easter Island.  The visit to the exhibition was a fitting climax to the mapping interfaces project.  The civilisation which grew on Easter Island famously collapsed when as theorists claim overpopulation led to deforestation, starvation and war between tribes.


Dr Koerner working with a learner at MCMA




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