Workshop Session #3


Workshop Session #3

Workshop #18: Homeless Animals Group

Room G-103

Global Issues:

  • Education for All

Catherine Cook School

Chicago, Illinois

Essential Question:

How can we improve the life of animals in shelters through enrichment?

Impact Statement:

We have successfully served homeless animals in Chicago by providing enrichment for them and by working with local organizations to learn how to best improve the quality of life for shelter animals. We created a t-shirt drive and worked with middle school advisories to make dog toys for Chicago shelters. We will continue our work by raising awareness to rescue organizations in lower school classes.

Our team plans on continuing to present to classes and advisories in our school to encourage passion and enthusiasm about our topic. We also plan on continuing our mission by involving more groups in our interactive activities and encouraging volunteering at local shelters in our area. We succeeded in making dog toys for local Chicago shelters with assistance from our school community, and have already sparked passion and love for local dogs and cats at our school through our presentation, In the following year, we need more members to join or team, as two will be leaving our school. We will continue to look for inspired new members to join our team.

To aid shelters in Chicago who are low on monetary power, we responded to requests to donate toys to the Anti-Cruelty Society. To do this, we ran a school-wide t-shirt drive and learned how to create durable toys out of t-shirts. We then taught children in 5th and 6th grade advisories how to make these toys. We also taught them and 4th graders about the benefits of adopting rather than shopping for animals. In our workshop, we plan on first pinpointing the problem, then talking about what we did to solve the problem in our school. We will then tell people what they can do in their communities to solve this problem.

Workshop #19: Leadership, Stories and Accreditation

Room G-104

Global Issues:

  • Climate Change

  • Education for All

  • Deforestation

  • Water Deficits

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Losses

The Columbus School

Envigado, Colombia

Essential Question:

How will the ECO Schools accreditation project affect the students, teachers, staff and others once we attain the silver award?

Impact Statement:

We have successfully served 1,800 people yearly since 2015 using several methods to help gather information about the school’s usage of resources, such as audits and surveys, online meetings, school assemblies, teacher gatherings, and using the Eco – Schools USA website to accomplish our goal of effectively organizing the entire school community, including parents teachers and staff.

Accreditation is a project that takes place at The Columbus School which involves the entire community and its main goal is to evaluate the school’s resource usage and educational strategies to improve its sustainability. So far, the eco – action team has managed to obtain the Bronze Award which is given to environmentally friendly educational communities by Eco Schools USA. During the past few months, we have working been working on meeting the requirements in order to receive the Silver Award, and our goal is to reach the Green Flag Award in the near future. The greatest challenge this project has overcome so far has been educating the entire school community, in order to make sure that everybody works together and is committed to the project. Since our school has around 1,800 people, this task has not been easy. However, through our numerous methods of providing information to the members of the school, we have managed to increase people’s knowledge regarding the environmental problems of the world through our local situation, and the importance of collaborating with the Accreditation team. Since it is essential that the entire Columbus School is aware of the help that we need in order to make our project more successful, we require support from the teachers, students, parents, and staff to be able to accomplish our goals and become a green community.

As a team, we are planning on taking action regarding the involvement of more community members in our project, and in order to do this we want to implement innovative methods that will allow them to obtain more information. First of all, we want to educate the community through presentations and videos that explain the importance of taking care of the current global issues and how to address them properly. As we present, we hope that more people will gain initiative and join our project, and we would like as many people motivated working on it as possible. So far, we have earned the Bronze Award that was given to us by Eco – Schools USA, and we are planning on attaining the Silver Award by the end of this school year (June). Aside from this, we also want to earn the Green Flag (the most prestigious eco friendly prize), and even though it is a challenge, we are working towards it.

Workshop #20: Living Cruelty free

Room G-105

Global Issue:

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Losses

Colegio Bolivar

Cali, Colombia

Essential Question:

How can we create life habits in our community that can contribute to animal protection?

Impact Statement:

We have successfully created a cruelty free club, with different stakeholders of the Bolivar community. The main purpose of the this project, is to create a group of leaders that will meet twice a month and that will create 6 events during the school year in which there will be a space to talk, share, promote and help raise awareness to the community about having cruelty free lifestyle.

Our project is based on animal cruelty and how to create life habits that prevent it. This project was first created as a way to contribute in a local animal shelter due that we feel highly passionate about animals and the environment. As we developed the project we decided to take another direction but keep our goal of helping animals. We decided that spreading awareness about the problem of animal cruelty itself was a better focus than to only help the animals in the shelter. That way, we could be tackling the source of the problem instead of curing the symptoms. This is how our club was born. The club is centered around implementing cruelty free habits in our lives such as cruelty free products, being more aware of your eating habits and activities you participate in.

Our club will be sustainable because after the school year is over, the members of the club will continue to run the cruelty free club as an extracurricular activity. We have young members who are knowledgeable about the topic and the idea is that they continue with the club after we graduate. Not to mention, the work we have done this year has created an impact in the club members and will continue to do so in the future. To include more the community and encourage students to join we will keep making small interventions, encouraging students and participating in school events where people will likely like to join.

People who attend our workshop will learn more in depth about ways of animal cruelty, what it’s like to have a cruelty free lifestyle and everything that’s behind it. They will learn how simple it is to help animals and the environment by little adjustments in their daily lives by creating cruelty free habits. This habits include eating choices such as flexitarian diet, preventing activities that affect an animal’s well being and buying cruelty free products such as cosmetics. This can lead them to having a cruelty free lifestyle.

Workshop #21: Tree for Humanity

Room G-204

Global Issue:

  • Deforestation

Escuela Internacional Sampedrana

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Essential Question:

How can planting benefit society?

Impact Statement:

We plan to successfully serve our EIS community through this group consisting of eight visionary members that look beyond the problems of today and focus on the future of Honduras. This plan will be resumed when the trees and plants are big enough to sustain themselves and don’t need constant watering. By preserving the land we will ensure that, trees will be our main resource as well as water. Planting trees strategically in certain areas will help provide shade and also be a home to animals such as birds. Each group member will have an important job while developing our project. Our community will surely be pleased by this initiative that we as young students are taking to make our country greener.

Our project consists of planting trees inside our school in order to educate the younger generations on the importance of making our country a greener place. We also plan on planting around our city in order to involve other members of our community and make them aware of the issue as well. We aim to inform the citizens of our country through ecology campaigns and awareness of deforestation. Some of the challenges we will face is the lack of interest in the issue, the inability to meet certain deadlines, and ensuring that the plants grow healthily. We expect to meet the basic need of all human beings on this earth: the need for oxygen.

Our team will work to make our project sustainable since we will work on planting trees and literally “giving birth” to a new fountain of life and new sources of oxygen. Most importantly, we plan on making our project sustainable by educating and transmitting valuable knowledge to the younger generations about making the world green again. This way, they will grow up being conscious of their role and responsibility in life. In order to involve other community members, we plan to make our city, San Pedro Sula, green as well. We plan on teaching people in need the skills necessary to plant herbs, so that in the future they will start herb and crop gardens in their own homes and be able to auto-sustain themselves.

Workshop #22: MAYAMA – Planting a Better Future

Room G-206

Global Issues:

  • Education for All

  • Massive Step-Up in the Fight Against Poverty

The American School Foundation of Guadalajara

Guadalajara, Mexico

Essential Question:

How can we spread environmental awareness among children from underprivileged communities?

Impact Statement:

We are working with 40 underprivileged children at an NGO called Mayama to make a garden and expand their knowledge about plants and their role on the environment by giving them lessons about planting and the specific uses of these plants.

Our project is to work with children from underprivileged communities that are being given assistance at an NGO called Mayama that offers an after-school program for these children. This program involves having children be part of different workshops and developing certain skills: Yo pienso (I think), Yo actuo (I act), Yo siento (I feel) and Yo expreso (I express). We are aiming to expand their awareness about plants and their importance for the environment. We are going to teach them how to plant and the value of plants for human use. For the rest of the time, we will assist the NGO with the activities the children are part of.

Workshop #23: PaperPencil

Room G-205

Global Issues:

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Losses

  • Massive Step-Up in the Fight Against Poverty

Colegio Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Lima, Peru

Essential Question:

How can we reduce the amount of paper waste and use recycled paper as a resource for people in need?

Impact Statement:

As of February 2018, we plan to serve a community of 200 people by donating pencils made from recycled paper.

Before June 2018 we want to make 400 pencils and donate them to a public library in Huaraz, Peru. We are proud of our idea and feel we made positive connections with organizations that we reached out to (specifically, Artesco). In the beginning, it was difficult for us to contact people because we had a hard time finding contact information. It got easier as we found more companies. To speed up our process, we’d like more people to help roll the pencils because it’s a tedious, time consuming process.

We are hoping to eventually pass our project along to another GIN group or possibly pair with a similar GIN project. Because there are not many resources needed to create the pencils, we may eventually visit communities and teach people how to make their own pencils from recycled materials.

1. Introducing Ourselves 2. Introducing Global Issues 3. Research 4. Future Steps 5. Process 6. What We’ve Learned 7. Interactive Activity: Make Pencils

Workshop #24: Eco Leaders: Teaching Sustainability

Room O-103

Global Issue:

  • Education for All

International School of Panama

San Miguelito, Panama

Essential Question:

Is education really teaching what is vital for an environmentally sustainable future?

Impact Statement:

Open doors for kids in schools who don’t have the opportunity to learn about environmental sustainability.

The Eco-Leader project is based upon the education of environmental sustainability in Panama to kids who aren’t really aware of the issues going on in their own country. The project is done in collaboration with Nuestra Señora de la Merced, a school in Chorrillo that has given us the opportunity to teach their 6th graders on Wednesdays, for 10 weeks. On these ten weeks, the kids are brought to the Biomuseo and are taught on four particular areas. The aim of the classes is to teach them about what are oceans, rainforests, mangroves and watersheds, as well as understanding of how important they are for the Panamanian environment. In addition, there are activities done with the kids for a more profound experience, so that the learning doesn’t get monotonous. As for example, the creation of Christmas ornaments with recyclable materials.

In order to make our project thrive and be sustainable, the Eco-Leaders team has thought of different ways in order to keep it going. For there to be more people power, we have encouraged and made announcements after our first set of classes were done, in order to recruit new members that are grades below us so that after we potentially leave or have more on our plates with school, they could take over. This is something that will be done each time in order to secure a set of new students each time. In order to obtain materials for the classes, it isn’t much of a struggle because they are mostly things we can find in our school. However, we do have some issue with the money that we need in order to pay the buses for the school we’re teaching. To tackle this problem, we’ve done bake sales as well as any sort of school activity that would help us raise funds. It is also good to take into consideration, that we have the support of someone who is also willing to help with part of the payment. Lastly, in order to make our work meaningful, we’ve learned that the students we’re teaching don’t necessarily need to leave knowing all of what was taught, they need to leave with an understanding of what we’re trying to convey. And we’ve verified this with the students after all the lessons and it showed successful results

Workshop #25: Pequeños Milagros

Room G-203

Global Issue:

  • Global Infectious Diseases

Colegio F.D Roosevelt

Lima, Peru

Essential Question:

How can we help families in low socio-economic conditions avoid pneumonia and prevent living in critical cold conditions?

Impact Statement:

We have successfully developed a device that will help various communities suffering from extreme cold weather, positively impacting the people living in these communities. By installing and utilizing these devices in these people’s homes, by November of 2018 we would have helped in preventing pneumonia and other consequences that come along with critical low temperatures.

The goal of our project is to positively influence the lives of citizens in provinces of Perú suffering of cold weather and its consequences by creating natural heating devices and teaching them how to make them on their own.

Success: so far we already have our “”blueprints”” and prototype of our current device, this obviously includes the mechanical and technological part of it (all the research that was put into it including conductors, insulators, etc.)

Challenges: we have already faced several challenges regarding our device since we have to be confident of the materials we decide to use, therefore, the prototype we currently have is the fourth that we’ve come up with.

Needs: in order to face this challenge, we obviously are in NEED of professional help and assistance. OLI, a non-profitable organization and NGO here in Lima, Perú, are helping us in this aspect by providing us meetings with specialized architects they have worked with before. These architects are the ones helping us find the flaws in our designs in every single aspect to make sure that we have the best design possible in order to move on.

When we go to provinces and small towns to deliver the natural heating devices, we don’t just give them and then go, this is where our plan for sustainability comes in. Our plan for a sustainable project is to go to these places, deliver the devices and then TEACH the most capacitated for the job how to make the heating devices on their own. This way they can make their own, fix theirs if it somehow gets broken or damaged and spread the word around nearby communities. This way, they are good on their own and won’t be dependant on us and won’t be needing our immediate help if something goes wrong with the devices.

Our project consists of designing, developing and creating natural heating devices to battle pneumonia (and other consequences or illnesses extreme cold weather may cause, such as frostbite) in provinces across the worst-situated departments of Perú. Our main goal is to raise awareness for our cause since pneumonia is a very underrated disease especially here in Perú where it’s the number 1 cause of death. Apart from this, we want to make sure our audience learns that a project like this takes a lot a time and commitment to successfully develop, meaning patience is one important skill to have in these type of cases and situations. Adding on, an important idea we want to make sure they understand is that there are many different ways to solve the same problem depending on your creativity and open-mindess and that you should think big and give everything a try without giving up. But overall, we want to spread the word on our project and raise awareness so people can take our issue and project more seriously (it is taken seriously but people just don’t know it is so severe). VIEW ONLY LINK TO PRESENTATION: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1CfiXw4T_nuYuSXm_L6hIo-6Ysq_eEP3S7-Gku4hY8RQ/edit?usp=sharing

Workshop #26: Vertical Sustainable Agriculture

Room G-106

Global Issue:

  • Biodiversity and Ecosystem Losses

Golden Valley School

Heredia, Costa Rica

Essential Question:

How can we promote sustainable agriculture and environmental care in our communities?

Impact Statement:

We plan to successfully serve San Fransisco plus 2 other communities with their citizens by 2021 using municipal contacts, an irrigation system, enough crops and cleansing of the local environment. We will use strategies of persuasion with municipalities and communities to help us with our project. To make it sustainable we will be hosting meetings and social events to inspire people to help and take care of our orchard.

We plan to create a sustainable and environmental friendly orchard, as well as promoting environmental care. With the external aid of volunteers and communities, we will take action against pollution. Promoting organic and nature friendly gardens, and host groups in order to clean streets, rivers, local parks, and green locations. Part of what we need involves developing the irrigation system, fund raising through public events, contacting communities, and convincing crowds. We will collect funds from selling our own produce, so that we can constantly improve our project. Our ultimate goal includes passing on this project to future generations, both in and out of school, leaving out mark in the costa rican territory, reducing pollution in small communities such as San Francisco, Heredia.

Our project goal is to include the community in our project, for this to be achieved we will be hosting social events and meetings, the community will be involved because they will have the right to take the vegetables produced. For involving our school we will be making posters and publicity about our project and where are we going to go. The challenges of our project will be convincing the municipality, contacting with the community, convincing crowds and fundraising. For accomplish this project we need a safe place for the sustainable agriculture system and the permission of the community and municipality.

Stage #1 Present our GIN project Discuss our goals, objectives, challenges, and the external aid we require Stage #2 Match the words with their descriptions while discussing each term SAN JOSE WHAT HAS BEEN LOST IN COSTA RICA THANKS TO POLLUTION IN THE LAST 10 YEARS. HUMANS WHAT IS THE PERCENTAGE OF DEATHS IN COSTA RICA CAUSED BY POLLUTION? ENVIRONMENT: WHICH PROVINCE IN COSTA RICA PRODUCES 500 TONS OF GARBAGE PER DAY AMERICA COSTA RICA IS FAILING TO MAINTAIN A SUSTAINABLE ORCHARD THE MAIN IDEA OF OUR PROJECT IS TO BUILD A SUSTAINABLE… FIFTEEN WHERE IS THE GREAT TARCOLES LOCATED HEALTH WHAT OR WHO IS THE CAUSE OF POLLUTION IN COSTA RICA? STAGE #3 Come to a conclusion regarding pollution and how it affects planet earth and our own communities