Calvin's Keys

Unearthing half a dead chicken and the key to the laundry.

Image One - Interpretation of Genevan Flag


To collate a range data in the local area of Geneva that is based on the different Area of Interaction strands.

To share the data using technology.

To manipulate the data by creating a series of graphs.

To interpret the data to form a conclusion.

Key Terminology

Define the key terms above above using the 'Useful Links' below:

Useful Links

Background - Who is Calvin?

Who is Calvin?

To understand Geneva and its potential as a rich resource for data collection, a quick look at the genesis of this 'City of Nations' is in order. From John Calvin to Jean Piaget, many extraordinary individuals have left clear traces on the Geneva of today.

John Calvin (1509-1564) came to Geneva in 1536 after turning to Protestantism and needing to flee France to avoid religious persecution. Like many people today, he planned on staying for a short time, only to find a longer-term place for himself here on the shores of Lac Leman. Geneva had just experienced the Reformation and, as the city sought independence from the Duke of Savoy and the local bishop-prince, both the civil and religious authorities embraced Protestantism to give legal justification to the revolt. Calvin was consulted on policies that involved the law, police, foreign diplomacy and even sanitation. Calvin ultimately drew up the laws governing the Reformed Church and wrote the Constitution of the Genevan Republic (1543). Under his and his colleagues' guidance, Geneva sprang into worldwide fame as the citadel of solid Reformation scholarship and a theocratic municipal republic. Geneva ultimately became a safe haven for those who were in exile from religious persecution.

Migration to Geneva has continued to occur as it is a rich place for intellectual, scientific, philosophical and cultural thought, but what impact are we ultimately having?

Summary - What secrets will Geneva reveal as you complete this IDU?

As a year group you will be divided in to working teams of approximately 8 people. Within that team of 8 you will be divided in to 2 groups to collate information. Your task is to collate a range of different data based on the Global Contexts from different sites within Geneva. You will be using either public transport or your legs to move around Geneva so make sure you have your abonnement or money for a day ticket. Each team will follow a different route, all of the routes can be found in the table below. 

Back in school you will choose one aspect of the data collected by all of the teams to display digitally in a creative and interesting manner. You can obviously try and analyse the data to show further understanding.

The map shows the final meeting point in Geneva.

Activity One - Outline of Task

Calvin’s Keys – Task Sheet

Outline of the AOI tasks - Would be updated for Global Contexts if done again


Activity Two - Data Collection

Part of the exercise is to collate the information collected from all of the different teams. Use the following link to record the information in the spreadsheet - data collection sheets.

Activity Three - Back in the Classroom

You should present this data in an informative and engaging manner.  You may widen your presentation with data found from other sources if you feel it is necessary.