Hawkins Globe group returns from India conference

Kirsten Glavin
Thursday, August 14, 2014 - 9:48pm

Thirty-nine countries came together for the globe conference this year, held in New Delhi, India. The focus of the project was hydrology. Hawkins students had the opportunity to do international collaboration with Croatia and India.

"It was an amazing experience, and the kids just did a really good job of representing Hawkins and Texas, as well as the United States of America," said Audra Edwards, Hawkins Globe supervisor.

There were close to 300 students in attendance, along with their teachers. Groups would share results from water testing in their area, and find solutions to help prevent pollution.

"For about a year they've been collecting data and research and skyping with kids from around the world, and comparing their data with the other students," Edwards said.

East Texas water was high quality. But the students said that building relationships abroad was the best part.

"Building relationships was probably the best thing out of that conference that we learned," said Allyson Edwards, a student on the trip.

Madison Jaco, another student with Globe, said, "Whether it be music they listen to or their school environment, everyone has something in common."

Globe was able to immerse themselves in local cultures as well.

"The paste they put on it is henna, but the art is called mahindi, which is something we learned while we were there," Jaco said.

The students traveled around for two weeks, and they said the whole experience was life-changing.   

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