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Students plot a 14 billion year adventure

GIV class

In 2016 Stanthorpe State High School commenced a new course; Global investigations.  The course is based on the internationally renowned Big History Project, a web based learning platform that gives students a framework to tell the story of humanity’s place in the Universe.  Global Investigations covers 13.8 billion years from the Big Bang to modern day, tackling big questions such as, Where did we come from? What causes change? Where are we heading?

Global investigations is an interdisciplinary study of change over time. The web based course is funded by Bill Gates and developed by Australian Professor, David Christian, of Macquarie University.  The course helps students see the overall picture, make sense of the pieces and seek out common themes and patterns that can help them to better understand people, civilizations, and the world we live in.

This year, the first year 9 Global Investigations class has just commenced their 14 billion year adventure. To demonstrate the scope and scale of the course, students plotted the key dates of the 13.8 billion years on the school oval.  They benefitted from walking the timeline and comparing the distances between major thresholds.