Bob Barboza

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What would it take to create the worlds most perfect island? The Cabo Verde Tenth Island Project.

Teachers and students from around the world are collaborating to build the worlds most perfect island. We are call our project "The Cabo Verde Tenth Island Project." Our work is based on the real island of Santa Luzia, Cabo Verde. This island is uninhabited. It is perfect for our global distance learning project. Most of our students are in high school. We are open to letting younger students participate. We just recently returned from the Cabo Verde Islands and spoke with the president, teachers, business leaders, and students. We are all in agreement and the project is now underway. We need your help. What would we have to do to create the worlds most perfect island? How would we even get started. What should we use for energy? How can we turn salt water into fresh water? How will we feed each other? How will we create jobs? Can different people from around the world get along with each other? What types of government will we create for each other? Is it possible to create an island off the West Coast of Africa where people can live in peace? You can follow the work that we have completed by visiting

Side Notes:

This virtual international global learning project was started in the USA by educator Bob Barboza and his team at Super School University. Bob spoke the idea of "The Cabo Verde Tenth Island Project," at the International V Congresso on the Cabo Verde Island of Sao Vincente. Bob was then asked to present the idea to First Lady and President Pedro Pires of the Cabo Verde Islands. The US group then returned home to the US to start the project. When the project is complete Kids Talk Radio, Super School Teen TV, Super School Press and Youth World News will send a special audio and video podcasts to President Obama's "Race To The Top " education advisory team.

This project integrates Obama's STEM Program of studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We need your fresh idea?

  • May 25 2011: A unitque opportunity for participating, virtually and on site, on a project-based learning experience. The essence of island creation involves myriad aspects of an environment -- soil/geology, strengths of materials/engineering, societal planning/social engineering, habitat/water and food resources, survival/sustainability systems, biochemical/bioengineering approaches, communications and transportation!
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    May 24 2011: In this world wide collaboration, communication and comprehension will be vital to achieve the goals of the project. Using 3D models to visualize and communicate design concepts, layouts, express challenges, and bridge language barriers will be a pillar to completion. We at 2BOT physical Modeling Technologies are looking forward to assisting educators and students with the utilization of the classroom ModelMaker to facilitate the creation of the 3D models for the project.

    Using such 3D models will enable broader understanding of design concepts, proposal review, space utilization, island planning all through visual communication.
  • May 16 2011: I would suggest starting by studying the island. If you have wind build wind farms, if you have sun . . . Feeding each other is usually done by farming -- what kind of crops grow nearby? Salt water can be turned to fresh with a solar still. Food can be cooked with a parabolic dish.

    What kind of government? Try something untried, anarcho-anything, rule by citizen's jury, rule by judges. People don't like taking orders, try leading by consent.

    As for jobs, it's not a perfect island if you're forced to get a job like in America. I'd want to live in a place where money wasn't important and the threat of poverty didn't make me follow orders all day. Try to make it so people have to do little they don't want to. Give them land and let them fish and farm. Sell a cash crop for export. Tobacco, or farm expensive seafood? (don't use the tobacco yourselves of course)

    People can get along, team-building exercises like games and stuff should work.

    Share! Greed is the reason everywhere else isn't a perfect island.

    My two cent's
  • May 12 2011: We need more fresh ideas is right. Unfortunately, fresh ideas come at a cost of being ridiculed or worse black balled by the very people who stand to gain the most.

    With that said I will offer a fresh idea that is backed by many years of study, a working prototype and independent verification. Yet with all this is still called impossible by the established science community.

    The fresh idea is that the universe is full of energy, not a void as now taught. And that this energy can be and has been tapped to produce safe clean unlimited energy for our world. So if we are to create the perfect island then it should have the perfect energy supply systems.

    I just spoke in person with the PhD chemist who independent verified the reality of an engine that was producing 107 hp at 800 rpms with no fuel, no intake, no exhaust, no heat and no other source to create the power it was producing other than that it was converting energy from the universe. He and the inventor truly did not know why the engine worked it just did. Because of a lack of a model that answered the question of how could this be possible the engine has set for over 30 years after the inventor died suddenly.

    I have come to the knowledge of why this engine works from a need to understand and teach students how to build self replicating robots. Robots that can take the dirt they sit on and convert it into the parts necessary to make copies of themselves. I need to understand the physics of matter in order to make this conversion. In my studies I came across the idea of matter is made of waves in the ocean we call the universe. At first this seemed to good to be true. However, after many years of research I have come to understand that the wave model best fits the true nature of the universe and explains how it all works. Including how and why this impossible engine is real.

    You truly cannot put new wine into old bottles. This perfect island project may be our only opportunity to bring about change.
    • May 16 2011: Why don't you donate one of those engines and some of those robots. I wasn't aware they existed. Heck I'll buy one of your engines if you can prove it works and I'm allowed to build more. I have high standards for proof though.
  • May 11 2011: Jr. Business School sees the Tenth Island Project as a fantastic opportunity for students to explore what it means to have sustainable economic growth. Some questions to propose to stimulate conversation would be: 1. What is needed to kick start entrepreneurialism? How do we minimize greed and monopoly in a growing free market economy? How do we improve the standard of living of individuals without losing their inherent culture and family ties? Can we expand a business without using debt? What are the basics of wealth accumulation and financial literacy? I could go on. To be brief, the Tenth Island Project provides a fertile backdrop for students to participate in a conversation which includes financial literacy on a multicultural basis...this is going to be fun!
    • May 16 2011: Why don't you print your own currency? I'd love to see what happens when a government has unlimited money, instead of being burdened with taxes and debt. Be sure to include a way to remove money from the economy to reduce inflation. Try keeping it to zero?

      EDIT: Shoot, I just now realized you aren't actually going over there and camping out! Still it sounds like a fun project. I hope your students learn a lot. I visited your website, must be a challenge to do this by correspondence.
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    May 17 2011: Is anyone working on a cheap way to turn salt water into fresh water?
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      May 18 2011: yes many people..the simplest and cheapest used wave action on large inner tubes as the energy source..was both desalination and energy source..was piloted in NW coast of P/R...what are the tides like on your island? enough to use tdal energy..many systems there..also both cheap, lo tech and very effective. Nad of course water harvetsing is exteremly your island a hi rainfall area? ( will edit this with cites & links)
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    May 14 2011: Part of our job at Super School University is to help to get high school students excited about studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In addition, we are adding the study of languages and the visual and performing arts.

    STEM: High School Science Reading Challenge:

    Arid Zone Geomorphology-Third Edition
    Process, Form and Change in Drylands
    Editor: David S. G. Thomas
    ISBN 978-0-470-51908-0

    Project: Cabo Verde Tenth Island Project, 2011-2012

    Your challenge is to read Arid Zone Geomorphology and report on the advances that have been made in recent years in the investigation and explanation of landforms and geomorphological processes in drylands. We request that you read and report on regional case studies that will play a role in helping the Cabo Verde Tenth Island Project. We are looking for additional information about Large Scale Controls, Variability in Drylands, Surface Processes and Characteristics, The Work of Water and The Work of Wind, and the geomorphological hazards and the human impact of deserts and arid regions.

    Extra credit can be earned by collecting Cabo Verde Tenth Island video and audio podcasts interviews of instructors in the school of Geography and Environmental Studies.

    Interview Topics:
    Climate Frameworks
    Desert System Variability
    Pavements and Mantles
    Desert Dune Processes and Histories
    Geomorphological Hazards in Drylands and Arid Zone Geomorphology
    21st Century Global Warming

    Additional information can be found at Cabo Verde Tenth Island Project:
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    May 11 2011: Jr. Medical School has agreed to set up an emergency simulated medicine program for the students and teachers involved in the Cabo Verde Tenth Island Project. In addition, we are working on a medical plan for the island of Santa Luzia, Cabo Verde. Questions: What will be the estimated cost of full time (24 hour) medical services? What medical services will be needed for at least 200 people living on the island (Santa Luzia, Cabo Verde) for two years? What is the best way to setup emergency medical services? Who will help with the master outline for the Cabo Verde 10 Island Project health care programs? Who can we get in the medical community to help with this simulated plan? It would be great to see if we can get the medical community and high school students involved in this conversation.