What do 'misunderstood' creatures, nuclear power, artificial intelligence, and the global water crisis have in common? They are all workshop topics offered during Asheville School's World Awareness Day, a day of special programming devoted to the exploration of local, national and global topics that affect people's day-to-day lives.
World Awareness Day is an annual event at Asheville School, during which students hear from speakers and attend workshops led by faculty members, guest instructors and their peers.
This year, in addition to 33 workshops, the school community will hear from Dave Erb, a professor at the University of North Carolina Asheville.
Erb joins Asheville School from UNC-Asheville's Department of Engineering. He has worked extensively in automotive engineering with a focus on energy and emissions improvement. Erb will address the Asheville School community about the benefits of renewable energy.
Encouraging students to become an active part of their community and learn about topics affecting the world around them is the common thread that unites the day's events.
Twenty-two of the 33 workshops will be led by Asheville School students. Workshops cover a wide range of topics, including microlending, honeybees, living sustainably, education's role in breaking the cycle of poverty, and exploring diversity in classical music.
The day will wrap up with a viewing of "Cities," an episode of the series "Planet Earth II." The episode discusses how wildlife has adapted—or failed to adapt—to growing cities around the world.
World Awareness Day has become a longtime tradition at Asheville School, and faculty member Burt Gordon says it's an important day for students to stop and take stock of their surroundings. "Over the years, World Awareness Day has become a time for us to gain a broader understanding of the world around us," Gordon said. "It's important for us to leave the 'Asheville School bubble,' take a day off from our typical academic workload and look into these topics. It gives us a better appreciation of the world that we all share."You can see photos of last year's World Awareness Day here.