Mapping Interfaces is a collaborative project run by Dr Stephanie Koerner and Manchester Academy’s Employability Department. Mapping Interfaces started life as one of the University of Manchester’s School-University Partnership Initiatives and is now well established at Manchester Academy.
The initiative’s aim is to get pupils to understand how studying ancient sites and cultures can help understand better globalisation and global environmental problems. The physical world has influenced human development across the globe, ranging from the civilisation in volcano encircled valleys in the Americas to the development of trade and early forms of writing in Egypt.
Dr Koerner’s programme started with an introduction to ancient cultures, highlighting similarities and differences in civilisation across the world and illustrating how ancient people used innovation to adapt to the conditions around them.
The next phase was a workshop at Manchester University’s Archaeology laboratory in which the Manchester Academy learners were able to get hands on experience, examining ancient artefacts, putting themselves in the shoes of ancient peoples-thinking about why ancient peoples behaved the way they did.
A group project back in the academy then became the main task with pupils working on group projects focusing on different cultures including the ancient Chinese, Egyptians, Mayans, Aztecs, peoples of the Indus Valley and Mesopotamia.
The learners will then develop group presentations, which will be delivered to distinguished guests at the end of the programme.