Brace yourself for Elimination as a Result of Deforestation is a month long Next Generation of Science geared (NGSS) Project Based Learning unit for high school level students. The unit encompasses conceptual solutions concerning the significance of endemism, culture and conservation efforts in Madagascar. There are two main goals of this unit, first, reflect real people to mirror accurate depictions of ethnic groups in Madagascar and bring them into the classroom. Second, we want to highlight challenges in current environmental science, geared towards the country of Madagascar. The objective is bringing awareness to genuine organizations and institutions who work on cutting edge conservation efforts to solve real-world issues both cultural and environmental.
The Island of Madagascar is classified as one of the hottest biodiversity hotspots with over 200,000 unique species on the island. Scientists continue to flock to Madagascar searching to classify unknown species that still remain undiscovered today. The four lessons throughout this unit will address preconceived ideas and assumptions made about Madagascar, Africa. In science both educators and researchers must constantly update their database for accurate and up to date information to teach. The lessons are based on present-day information regarding the endemic biodiversity and life for the locals in Madagascar. This unit will engage students to evaluate possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts by applying engineering practices such as the construction of a National Park.