Workshop Session #2


Workshop Session #2

Workshop #11: Greenhouse

Room G-104

Global Issues:

  • Deforestation

  • Natural Disaster Prevention and Mitigation

  • Massive Step-Up in the Fight Against Poverty

  • Climate Change

  • Education for All

The Columbus School

Envigado, Colombia

Essential Question:

How can we make the greenhouse more productive along with diffusing its knowledge in our school community?

Impact Statement:

We have successfully served about 250 people by March 7th, 2018 using organic products, crops, educational curriculum, local food sales and fundraising strategies to accomplish our goal effectively providing local food to the community members and teaching them about safe, green, crop market.

The greenhouse aims to provide safe and organic crops to the school community and through the raising and harvesting of these vegetables we also want to educate parents, students, and staff about the importance of sustainable products and supporting the local economy. Over the past year, we have successfully planted over 1,134 plants and raised over 800.000 pesos to support STEM projects in our school. We are planning to completely renovate the interior of the greenhouse to produce more and better crops. Afterwards, we want to build another greenhouse with a low-resource school so we can continue to diffuse the knowledge and education that we believe is necessary for a new evolving world.

The greenhouse is already a very sustainable project. This is because all of our crops are 100% organic. The money gained from the harvests is not only used to support motivated students and their STEM projects, but also to purchase new seedlings and equipment to maximize the production. Previously, the greenhouse was merely another project in the school. Parents, students and staff didn’t know anything about it. However, our greenhouse team decided that the community should be involved, so we took the first step: a survey. We asked the community about their perception on the greenhouse and worked from their answers to incorporate them into the marvellous process that is the greenhouse. With greenhouse money we paid for a sign that could help communicate the progress in our project. We recently, laid the groundworks to educate younger students by attending six third grade classes, bringing the students to the greenhouse. In the greenhouse, we not only taught them about the importance of organic food, but we were also able to relate it to their curriculum that covers Egyptian harvesting cycles. In the near future, we plan to start educating more Elementary School students about the greenhouse, since we believe it is important for them to know where their food comes from and the importance of lowering the carbon footprint in the planet.

Workshop #12: Like Music to my Ears

Room G-205

Global Issue:

  • Education for All

Colegio F.D Roosevelt

Lima, Peru

Essential Question:

How does teaching music and visual arts help kids learn?

Impact Statement:

As of February 27, 2018, we have formed a partnership with a day center, Mensajeros de la Paz, where we work with 14 children, aged 9-11. We use art supplies and guitars as our resources and teach skills in small groups.

We work with children at Mensajeros de la Paz and teach them music and visual arts skills. Our hope is that more kids have the opportunity to have music and visual arts education. We have visited once and learned that it wasn’t very difficult to lead the kids in lessons. However, coordinating times to visit has been a challenge. We would like to partner up with more organizations to make the project more sustainable.

In the future, we would like to partner with organizations (like our school’s Tri-M club) which would help get more people involved in our project, specifically to teach music skills. Because we are teaching skills and an appreciation for music and art, we hope that they will pass this on to younger siblings or other family members.

1. Rhetorical Question: Why do our parents pay so much money for us to attend these types of schools? 2. Introduction to the Issue 3. Prior Knowledge 4. Research 5. Our Work: Pictures & Videos 6. Interactive Activity

Workshop #13: Plastic Ocean – Fighting Against Plastic Pollution

Room G-203

Global Issue:

  • Maritime Safety and Pollution

Colegio F.D Roosevelt

Lima, Peru

Essential Question:

How can we save our oceans from plastic pollution?

Impact Statement:

Plastic Pollution is one of the biggest threats of our future. We currently have a throw-away culture that should change its habits. My project wants to create awareness and take action, it will serve my community for as many years as possible by working with community partners that are willing to solve plastic pollution. I am currently working with a public school in the south of Peru, cleaning beaches and educating people, with TASA, a Peruvian fishing company that will invest in the technology needed to design the first garbage boat collector of Peru, with Colegio F.D. Roosevelt, which will help me reduce the amount of single use plastic on campus, and with local supermarkets that want to be part of a campaign # NiUnaBolsaMas (No more Plastic Bags) that will encourage people to say no to plastic bags.

Our planet is drowning in disposable plastic. Every year 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into our oceans where currents concentrate them in huge garbage patches. Once there, the plastic will break into very dangerous microplastics that contaminate and kill our marine life. Plastic Pollution is impacting our ecosystems, our economy and our own health. If we don’t stop this alarming trend now by the year 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.

Many of the plastic we produce is used just one-time. Items such as plastic bags, water bottles, plastic cups, etc. are used for just seconds. We have become a throw-away society that is building one of the biggest threats for the future. We need to clean out the plastic which is already out there, and we should rethink the use and production of plastic.

My projects this year will partner with: -TASA, a Peruvian leader company in the fishing sector that is willing to invest in the technology needed to design the first garbage collector boat of Peru. The first pilot project will be conducted in the north of Peru, Chiclayo, which is one of the most contaminated beaches of Peru. -Colegio Roosevelt, which will help me to reduce the amount of single use plastic as much as possible in campus. -Local supermarkets that want to be part of the campaign #NI UNA BOLSA MAS with the purpose of reducing the consumption of plastic bags and promoting the use of reusable bags.

My project is more a movement than a project. The plan is to serve my community for as many years as possible by working with community partners that are willing to solve plastic pollution. I am currently working with Colegio FDR, local supermarkets, and TASA (a fishing company). When the project is successful, my plan is to leave the project in the hands of the companies that will continue with it.

Every year 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the oceans where currents concentrate them in huge garbage patches. The largest is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch located between Hawaii and California. However, scientists recently discovered another giant garbage patch in the South Pacific Ocean. This garbage patch is located in front of the coast of Peru and Chile. Its size is estimated to be around 2.6 million sq. km. (bigger than Mexico). Plastic never goes away. It breaks down into microplastic which contaminates and kills our marine life, impacting the worlds ecosystem, economy and health. If we don’t stop this by the year 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in our oceans. Most of the plastic we produce is used once. (Plastic bags, water bottles, plastic cups, etc. are used for just seconds). We need to clean up the plastic which is already out there, and we should rethink the way we see plastic. My project is about working with community partners to find ways to solve plastic pollution. For example, I have worked with public schools in the south of Peru to create a campaign about plastic pollution, I am working with my school to reduce the amount of single use plastic on campus, and I am working with a fishing company TASA to make the first ocean garbage collector system of Peru. My project focuses in stopping the consumption of plastic in our communities.

Workshop #14: LUMBRA – Lighting up the World

Room O-103

Global Issue:

  • Massive Step-Up in the Fight Against Poverty

Colegio F.D Roosevelt

Lima, Peru

Essential Question:

How does lack of electricity prove to be a disadvantage to people all around the world?

Impact Statement:

We started our project the past semester and will be looking to help a community named Isla Cantagallo by the end of the semester by raising funds for this community to purchase our Luci Lights from MPOWERD and bring light to the town by working together with the people to better their overall lives.

We created this group with the goal to empower communities around Lima by distributing sustainable lights which would be easy to use, small and durable. We did a lot of research and looked into making lasting and environmentally friendly lights, but we decided that we should use an existing company which will provide us with our ideal solution. After researching for a company which shared similar goals as us, we found MPOWERD who manufacture small, sustainable and easy to use lights which are charged using radiation from the sun. We immediately contacted them and made a deal with them. If we mass purchase their LUCI lights, we will receive a generous discount. We will first work with a community known as Isla Cantagallo and distribute the LUCI lights around their area to turn around their community members’ lives and help them improve their town. We chose this community because they have suffered so much due to poverty and a recent fire that destroyed most of their village in 2016. Because of their extreme poverty, they haven’t been able to rebuild, and with minimum help from the government, they are missing most of their basic needs. After helping the members of the Isla Cantagallo community, we want to expand our reach and help other communities who are in a similar state as the last-mentioned community but still help them with any difficulties they have and resupply them with lights if there are any setbacks.

As a group, we want to make sure that our project lasts for as long as possible. We want to make huge differences in struggling communities and be a part of their education and growth. We just recently started thinking about a sustainability plan, and we had some great ideas not only from group members but also from the people who support us the most such as our teacher guides and parents.

First and foremost, we need a way that will help us raise money to fund the LUCI lights. We know that we want to make these fundraisers in school to immerse the school community in improving their host country, but we also want to make our fundraisers creative. Some of the ideas we had were pajama day, a themed bake sale or we organize a game where the faculty is going to bear the consequences of students who pay to either throw paint, pie or whipped cream plates at them. We would need to be approved by the High School, Middle School, and Elementary if we wanted to collect money from all of these groups of people. Fundraisers, where we detail how we are going to help these other communities, will attract many helpers who would probably continue the project once we graduate from school. As a group, we need to stay in touch and stick to our word with MPOWERD. We will serve the Isla Cantagallo community and use MPOWERD lights because we believe that they are the most sustainable and the most fitting for an impoverished community who need light.

We plan to use our collected money to pay for half of the lights and make sure that the communities which we serve to pay for the other half of the lights. We will do this to make sure that the village keeps up the work for themselves and so that they are more motivated to rebuild their community. There is a book called Poor Economics by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo which proved that making the community who you help pay for a quantity of the product you are offering them will make sure that they take care of the resource more, therefore, making sure that the project will be sustainable. We will try to find sponsors who will advertise our project and help us fund some of the lights. This medium will get the word around for our project and increase support for it.

We plan to supply communities like Isla Cantagallo until the government has given them a real long-term solution for their lack of light. We believe that once they have their real light sources, they will live better and if the communities we serve have any complications, they will still have their own LUCI lights.

1. LUMBRA is a project where we want to tackle the issue of access to light and poverty in general. We will work alongside communities in poverty around Lima, Peru to provide them with sustainable and environmentally friendly light sources, educate them on the importance of light in their lives and the technology we will be using to help them. Our end goal will be to facilitate their lives by adding something so fundamental and crucial and bettering their community altogether. After we select communities to help, we will continue to support the people we committed our project and energy towards because we believe that continually assisting the people we vowed to help is not only morally correct but our duty. 2. Explain to our audience about our experience in Isla Cantagallo. The amount of poverty in Peru and how much we see every day Changing our way of thinking with the Poor Economics strategy 3. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1VLHpewTaFB_dLVuezEEcXaH7nr_0SmfdFPb9S8bz0rw/edit?usp=sharing

Workshop #15: Food Waste: Zero Hunger

Room G-204

Global Issue:

  • Massive Step-Up in the Fight Against Poverty

Colegio Nueva Granada

Bogotá, Colombia

After talking to the CNG’s Cafeteria Manager Fernando Perez we found out that 80 kilos of food are wasted a day in the school. This amount of food that is wasted can provide a proper nutrition to a 4-7 year old child for a month. If we do this for a year in our school and lower the food waste to 20-30 kilos a day we can help with hunger in Colombia. Kids have to be conscious that they could make a big change by managing the food they eat. Their choice of managing food is their decision. This was another reason why we became interested in this issue, because we would be able to try and change the amounts of food childs and adults waste, and try to make them aware of how big the issue is. Many people are not aware of how much food is wasted a day in the school and we want to make people aware of the issue and of the change they can make. We won’t force them to stop food waste but encourage them because we are the change we want to see in the world.

Our project is in its first stage, we are just now raising awareness on the important issue of Food Waste, both at school and in each community member’s house. Our communication campaign is focused on Primary, Elementary and Middle School students. However we are working simultaneously with High School students that are volunteering at the Bogotá Food Bank, also raising awareness on the issue. We want to work with the school administration more closely in tracking food waste in both student and teacher cafeterias and snack shacks in order to keep statistics on the impact our project is having on the school’s food waste in the coming months and year. We understand the communication must be repetitive for it to change people’s behaviors so we are committed to doing a long term campaign with students, faculty and parents. We are still doing research on the requirements the school has, in terms of food quantities the cafeteria staff are required to serve, and analyzing how appropriate those quantities are for the different ages of school children.

Workshop #16: TEDxYouth@ANS: Empowering student leaders to shape a community, with vision and voice

Room G-105

Global Issue:

  • Trade, Investment, and Competition Rules

  • Peacekeeping, Conflict Prevention, Combating Terrorism

American Nicaraguan School

Managua, Nicaragua

Essential Question:

How can we inspire and motivate our community to take action toward community issues?

Impact Statement:

We will have successfully served over 1000+ people by April 27th, 2018 using our collective resources and event planning and public speaking strategies to accomplish our goal of effectively organizing the ANS and global communities (via the world wide web). **This may be revised**

We have successfully organized and facilitated 2 TEDx Youth events and plan our third for April 27th of this year.

We have worked to centralize leadership so that the program is entirely student-run. Students begin as volunteers or train as speakers in their first year and then get to know the program. By year “2” and “3” students take on decision making roles. In this way we fortify the program from year to year. We have also devised a sustainable fundraising platform to cover event costs.

Workshop #17: Lumbra

Room G-106

Global Issue:

  • Massive Step-Up in the Fight Against Poverty

Golden Valley School

Heredia, Costa Rica

Essential Question:

How does lack of electricity prove to be a disadvantage to people all around the world?

Impact Statement:

We started our project the past semester and will be looking to help a community named Isla Cantagallo by the end of the semester by raising funds for this community to purchase our Luci Lights from MPOWERD and bring light to the town by working together with the people to better their overall lives.

1. LUMBRA is a project where we want to tackle the issue of access to light and poverty in general. We will work alongside communities in poverty around Lima, Peru to provide them with sustainable and environmentally friendly light sources, educate them on the importance of light in their lives and the technology we will be using to help them. Our end goal will be to facilitate their lives by adding something so fundamental and crucial and bettering their community altogether. After we select communities to help, we will continue to support the people we committed our project and energy towards because we believe that continually assisting the people we vowed to help is not only morally correct but our duty. 2. Explain to our audience about our experience in Isla Cantagallo The amount of poverty in Peru and how much we see every day Changing our way of thinking with the Poor Economics strategy 3. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1neyB1JcoktXNza4Upe4YyART6Wz7bI4GadfD1qOKBhE/edit?usp=sharing

As a group, we want to make sure that our project lasts for as long as possible. We want to make huge differences in struggling communities and be a part of their education and growth. We just recently started thinking about a sustainability plan, and we had some great ideas not only from group members but also from the people who support us the most such as our teacher guides and parents. First and foremost, we need a way that will help us raise money to fund the LUCI lights. We know that we want to make these fundraisers in school to immerse the school community in improving their host country, but we also want to make our fundraisers creative. Some of the ideas we had were pajama day, a themed bake sale or we organize a game where the faculty is going to bear the consequences of students who pay to either throw paint, pie or whipped cream plates at them. We would need to be approved by the High School, Middle School, and Elementary if we wanted to collect money from all of these groups of people. Fundraisers, where we detail how we are going to help these other communities, will attract many helpers who would probably continue the project once we graduate from school. As a group, we need to stay in touch and stick to our word with MPOWERD. We will serve the Isla Cantagallo community and use MPOWERD lights because we believe that they are the most sustainable and the most fitting for an impoverished community who need light. We plan to use our collected money to pay for half of the lights and make sure that the communities which we serve to pay for the other half of the lights. We will do this to make sure that the village keeps up the work for themselves and so that they are more motivated to rebuild their community. There is a book called Poor Economics by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo which proved that making the community who you help pay for a quantity of the product you are offering them will make sure that they take care of the resource more, therefore, making sure that the project will be sustainable. We will try to find sponsors who will advertise our project and help us fund some of the lights. This medium will get the word around for our project and increase support for it. We plan to supply communities like Isla Cantagallo until the government has given them a real long-term solution for their lack of light. We believe that once they have their real light sources, they will live better and if the communities we serve have any complications, they will still have their own LUCI lights.

We created this group with the goal to empower communities around Lima by distributing sustainable lights which would be easy to use, small and durable. We did a lot of research and looked into making lasting and environmentally friendly lights, but we decided that we should use an existing company which will provide us with our ideal solution. After researching for a company which shared similar goals as us, we found MPOWERD who manufacture small, sustainable and easy to use lights which are charged using radiation from the sun. We immediately contacted them and made a deal with them. If we mass purchase their LUCI lights, we will receive a generous discount. We will first work with a community known as Isla Cantagallo and distribute the LUCI lights around their area to turn around their community members’ lives and help them improve their town. We chose this community because they have suffered so much due to poverty and a recent fire that destroyed most of their village in 2016. Because of their extreme poverty, they haven’t been able to rebuild, and with minimum help from the government, they are missing most of their basic needs. After helping the members of the Isla Cantagallo community, we want to expand our reach and help other communities who are in a similar state as the last-mentioned community but still help them with any difficulties they have and resupply them with lights if there are any setbacks.