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Elephants and Lions and Students, Oh My!

This blog was written in collaboration with student Emily Aviles: Wednesday night the Global Innovation crew went to bed early after dinner and a game of Uno to prepare for a game drive Thursday morning. While animal sightings are never certain on a game drive, the animals were cooperative and did not shy away from [...]

By | 2018-06-01T04:36:09+00:00 June 1st, 2018|Field Schools, Global Innovation 2018, Global Innovation Field School|Comments Off on Elephants and Lions and Students, Oh My!

On the Road Again: Global Innovation 2018

This blog was written in collaboration with Professor Rodrigo Peña: The Global Innovation Field School is on the road again. As we arrived to the Nairobi Airport, on Tuesday May 22nd, unexpected rain with low temperature was waiting for us. Even though the commute was long (almost 24 hours) and made us all exhausted, the [...]

By | 2018-06-20T13:36:51+00:00 May 28th, 2018|Field Schools, Global Innovation 2018, Global Innovation Field School|Comments Off on On the Road Again: Global Innovation 2018

The Field School’s Final Weeks: Archaeology, Goat Butchery and Graduation!

The students were very busy in our last two weeks in Kenya. The Archaeology module took us to many sites around Turkana where there have been important paleontological and archaeological finds or where there is exciting current research. The students walked the Turkana outcrops in search of bones, stone tools and pottery. Through their studies [...]

By | 2018-04-25T16:23:02+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on The Field School’s Final Weeks: Archaeology, Goat Butchery and Graduation!

Practising Archaeology

Photo: Esther Kadaga Our journey through the Archaeology module is coming to an end. We had a few site visits this week and one of the activities the students got to do was archaeological surveys.  Archaeological surveys are useful in helping archaeologists to identify where best to excavate. The field team scans the [...]

By | 2018-03-31T12:12:42+00:00 March 31st, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Practising Archaeology

Stone tools and the Nariokotome camping trip

Stone tools which were a vital technological invention of early humans, enabling them to do things like butchering. Oldowan and Acheulean stone tool technologies were collectively prevalent for millions of years; now it was time for our modern day students to try their hand at reliving their ancient ancestors' ways of life. On Monday Dr. [...]

By | 2018-03-26T11:14:09+00:00 March 25th, 2018|Field Schools, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Stone tools and the Nariokotome camping trip

Tracing our Ancestry

This Week, the students have been introduced to the story of being and becoming human. The scientific story of human evolution. Humans have always been curious to identify who they really are which poses questions like; how and why are we different from other mammals? What made us develop distinct traits like bipedality and bigger [...]

By | 2018-03-12T14:00:25+00:00 March 10th, 2018|Field Schools, General, Origins Field School, Spring 2018|Comments Off on Tracing our Ancestry