Overheard at National Geographic

The Towers of Ladakh

21:14 | Jun 16th

4 recommendations

A mechanical engineer teams up with an unlikely band of students who use middle school math and science to create artificial glaciers that irrigate Ladakh, a region in India hit hard by climate change...Show More


Recommendations

epekilis recommended:Jul 23rd

Aside from the really clever solution they came up with, I was really touched by the fact that this guy saw potential in these students and understood how to motivate them. They were essentially locked out by a traditional curriculum that had no relevance to their remote mountain village lives.

I thought this episode was:

🌅 A beautiful story

jennxJul 23rd

@epekilis loved hearing how they all grew up to be amazing professionals, some even teachers!

iso_squared recommended:Jul 8th

I thought this episode was:

🌅 A beautiful story
💡 Educational
🤔 Thought-provoking

jennx recommended:Jun 30th

Glaciers in Ladakh (Northern India) are shrinking due to climate change causing water shortages. It’s up to an engineer and a band of unlikely students from a failing education system to fix that. Using religion and geometry principals, they built 7-story-tall, artificial glaciers that contained one...Show More

I thought this episode was:

😲 Fascinating
💡 Educational
👍 Well-produced

mm recommended:Jun 21st

A rural northern area of India is running out of water or getting way too much due to climate change. So what do they do? Solve the problem with some failing students, geometry, and the help of deity. It’s really ingenious.

I thought this episode was:

😲 Fascinating
🤯 Unbeliveable
👍 Well-produced

mmJun 21st

@brendalouisek you’ll enjoy this!

brendalouisekJun 21st

@mm great recommendation, I did enjoy this! Between the magical setting and the clever kids, this is great. Thanks for the rec!