Workshop Session #1


Workshop Session #1

Workshop #1: Recycling

Room G-103

Global Issues:

  • Maritime Safety and Pollution

  • Climate Change

Catherine Cook School

Chicago, Illinois

Essential Question:

What can we do to ensure that people are recycling properly?

Impact Statement:

We have successfully served our lower school division and our home neighborhoods in our goals to educate people about the correct items to recycle in Catherine Cook School and also our neighborhoods in the city of Chicago. We created posters to educate people in Catherine Cook School and other workplaces in our community. We also taught 3rd and 4th graders at Catherine Cook about what can be recycled and to change their home and school recycling habits. Finally, we created and sent information in our neighborhood newsletter through the Aldermen’s offices. These actions have moved us toward reaching our goals.

After the conference, we will send a survey out to the middle school and the grade that knows the least about recycling, based on the survey, and will have a presentation given by us. We will also give out at Catherine Cook, recycling pocket helpers made of wood to remind people what to recycle. We can present to more lower school classrooms. We can also put up more posters in classrooms around the school. We had success when presenting to classrooms because we had some students come up to us and say it was very helpful that we presented to them, so now they won’t make mistakes for what to recycle. Our goal is to fix the school problem where we have been putting plastic bags in the recycling so that our recycling does not go in the trash anymore. A challenge was contacting our aldermen because only one of our aldermen were able to put the article we made in the newsletter.

Workshop #2: GIN-Educambio

Room G-105

Global Issues:

  • Ecosystem and Biodiversity Loss

  • Education for All

Colegio Bolivar

Cali, Colombia

Essential Question:

How can we reuse paper to create a positive impact for the environment and vulnerable communities?

Impact Statement:

We have successfully created a project that has permitted us to produce and donate 600 recycling paper notebooks for kids who live in poverty. Additionally, we were able to expand awareness throughout Colegio Bolivar to reduce paper consumption and take advantage of the recycling opportunities Educambio created.

The idea for sustainability in this project is for it to continue to be guided in future years by groups of students such as the student council, the environmental club or mandatory social service. Because of this, we have started to involve this kinds of groups in certain activities. To include more members of the community we have had meetings with the directors of each session, their teachers and students. For example, involving all middle school and high school students in an activity we call Notebook Day. We always have an opportunity at the start of the next year to present our project to the new GIN classes to try to involve the new groups to take our project and follow the legacy.

The people who assist this workshop will have the opportunity to get to know our experience in sensibilizing the community to reduce paper waste and participate in a recycling campaign. The idea of the project is to basically to collect blanc pages of the notebooks of the people who aren’t using them anymore to create new ones. This new notebooks are donated to kids living in poverty and vulnerability. In our workshop we will have a reflection on how the overuse of paper and how it contributes to deforestation and biodiversity loss. We will also explain the strategies we used to inspire the community and the operative procedure for the creation of this notebooks.

Workshop #3: Education – A Human Right

Room G-106

Global Issue:

  • Education for All

International School of Port of Spain

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Essential Question:

How can one extend education to people with learning and other disabilities?

Impact Statement:

We have successfully served the children of three educational organizations ( Lady Hochoy Home , Princess Elizabeth and Petit Valley Community Centre) for the past four months. We interacted with disabled and typically developing kids and learned what teaching techniques are used to develop their learning skills. We accomplished organizing a worthwhile and effective educational program which can serve children of different abilities.

The goal of our project is to expand the organization of the High School Community service club, Reach Out to include working with children of all different age groups and those who have severe disabilities. Our message is to bring awareness to the topic of education and how differently we all learn. We have visited The Lady Hochoy Home to help teach children with severe disabilities. Although some of the individuals were older in age they were on the same learning level as any average 4 year old. We are learning how to use different teaching techniques to help those who need extra help and ensure they’re comfortable with what is being taught whether it’s learning the alphabet, differentiating shapes, spelling, reading, writing or math. The challenge for us is to ensure we’re impacting people’s lives and providing them with the opportunity of learning because education is a right and should be granted to all regardless of age, financial status, or whether or not they have disabilities.

Reach Out has continued to move forward and succeed as every Saturday morning High School students team up and visit the Petit Valley Community Center. There the task is helping children ages 6 and up with their homework and preparing them for the common secondary exam S.E.A. which determines which secondary school a young child is accepted into. Without being fully aware of it this project has been sustainable ever since 2015 and more and more students join each year as they see that it is worthwhile and also personally rewarding. In order to capitalize on the interest of High School students we decided to include other organizations such as The Lady Hochoy Home to help teach children with severe disabilities . To continue to grow the project we want to introduce another organization, The Princess Elizabeth Home. We’ll begin by having our team visit after school and then slowly and gradually influence more students to join in on helping more children at different facilities. At these facilities most materials will be provided such as books and stationary, however, we plan on purchasing new materials as the ones provided aren’t in the best condition.

Our project’s name is ” A Human Right – Education “ Our purpose is to demonstrate the reasons why education is important for everyone. We worked with different organizations and with disabled kids. We were able to learn and observe the way they are taught to develop their learning skills. To be able to demonstrate the reasons why education is important , we had to work with different organizations and interact with the kids , meaning we had to become teachers for a day , and help them with their homework .Working with all this organizations we were able to observe and get a better thought of why education is important. Lesson Plan media: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1R0Zz7XaVotBqdwxXxu0B4DMbF_8IHRqgj9zUetawEVI/edit?usp=sharing

Workshop #4: Climate Change

Room G-206

Global Issue:

  • Climate Change

American International School of Kingston

Kingston, Jamaica

Essential Question:

What is climate change and how can we prevent future damage and reverse damage already done?

Impact Statement:

We have successfully served 300 people by February 22, 2018 by building a giant plastic bottle sculpture, banning styrofoam from the cafeteria and sharing educational videos to accomplish our goal of raising awareness and implementing positive change within our community concerning climate change.

Workshop #5: The Lunchbox Project

Room G-204

Global Issue:

  • Climate Change

Escuela Internacional Sampedrana

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Essential Question:

Is it possible to change the mentality of the students in our school to stop the use of styrofoam plates and containers and get them to bring their own lunch boxes to school?

Impact Statement:

We have successfully served our school community and the environment by March 2018 using and analyzing surveys, giving straight-forward,smart, impacting presentations; collecting data from the behaviors of our community, and powerful methods such as the use of large scale media to raise awareness and spread the word to accomplish our goal of effectively organizing the reduction of use of styrofoam and single-use plastic in our school.

Our goal is to have more students bring their lunch box instead of using styrofoam boxes. We want to show the rest of the students the negative effects that styrofoam has on the environment. We encourage out fellow students to use lunchboxes or biodegradable material to bring their food in.

We will make our project sustainable by making this part of school culture. We are educating our classmates on the damages we are doing to our planet because of single-use plastic by telling them, videos and powerpoint presentations.

Workshop #6: Friends Through Ink: Same City, Different Stories

Room G-205

Global Issue:

  • Education for All

Colegio F.D Roosevelt

Lima, Peru

Essential Question:

What is the importance of English Education and how can we use our language skills to help others?

Impact Statement:

As of February 2018, we have started working with five teenage students using gmail. The strategies we use to teach English are filming short educational videos and planning language games to accomplish our goal of effectively helping Casa Javier’s community.

Our ultimate goal is to improve English Education for students in Peru. The project began with email-writing and forming relationships between FDR students and Casa Javier students. Though we’ve had challenges, we’ve remained committed and believe that the students and staff at Casa Javier our eager to build a partnership. We have many ideas for the future that we are excited to pursue (including building a website like Khan Academy). Some of our difficulties include accessibility because students at Casa Javier share one desktop computer so accessing our letters to them has been difficult. Because FDR and Casa Javier were on a two month broke, it was difficult to make progress. We would like to have more contact with Casa Javier in the future so that they can give us feedback on our English instruction.

Ultimately, we’d like to have a website similar to Khan Academy where we house English language resources. We’d like to give “edit access” to certain students/teachers who are willing to contribute to building the website and be a part of the program by continuing to write to students in the program. In addition, by teaching English to a few students, we hope that they will pass on what they learn.

1. Explanation of the need (global issue) 2. Identifying our Partner (Casa Javier) 3. Share Experiences (videos and pictures) 4. Interactive Activity Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1YlLHYMrr3JuUB5NG3ILxNTql0Pqqt7_hPhALg6H-cYY/edit?usp=sharing

Workshop #7: Pure Youth – a clean and healthy childhood

Room G-203

Global Issues:

  • Global Infectious Diseases

  • Massive Step-Up in the Fight Against Poverty

Colegio F.D Roosevelt

Lima, Peru

Essential Question:

How can we help communities lacking hygiene in Peru improve their health?

Impact Statement:

We have successfully planned to serve a community of 100 people (mainly children) in Lima’s rural areas by July 2018 taking resources such as hygiene products (tissues, paper towels, soap and hand sanitizer) to these places. Our strategy used to achieve our goal was to collect paper and exchange it for products from Kimberly Clark.

Our project has many goals. The first goal is to recycle paper and exchange it for hygiene products from Kimberly Clark. This is called a “recicanje” because we exchange recycled materials for products. The next goal is to donate these materials to communities that need help improving their hygiene. The last goal for the start of this project is to place bins outside of our school, such as offices, apartment buildings, and other schools. As the project evolves we also want to start collecting cardboard which, as well as paper, can be exchanged for hygiene products. So far we have managed to contact the faculty in charge of the bins so we could place them and were able to place approximately 10 bins and have had good results with the use of the students. Some of the challenges we have faced so far with this project is figuring out where to locate them because our bins were quite large to place in classrooms where most of the paper is disposed. For next semester we hope to make smaller bins that can fit in classrooms.

To make this project sustainable we want it to grow. One of the things that needs to be sustainable is the power it has over people. The way to do this is by having social media, accessible to anyone. An Instagram account has already been created but we look forward to creating a Facebook page, and a blog where we can add tips for a better hygiene and health. The paper we give to the company who allows us to exchange them for products has to be sustainable as well. For this to continue, every month they drop by to collect recycled papers. We also want this project to last, not to end since one of the problems of being in an international school is that people move to different countries a lot. We have planned to continue the project in other countries if by any circumstance one of the team members leaves Peru. If by any chance we aren’t able to continue this project, we are willing to pass it down to younger generations so this project can continue. To help develop our project even further, we will start by advertising about our global issues and state our solution to encourage the recycling of papers. We can make fliers and use social media accounts to inform others about the issue and what Pure Youth focuses on in the moment. This will hopefully encourage others to collaborate with us.

As we began this project we were trying to figure out what one of the main causes of infectious diseases were. We found out that it all began with your hands since most germs are transmitted that way. Hand hygiene is the most effective intervention to reduce transmission of infectious and resistant germs. It can be improved by access to alcohol based solutions and washing facilities, training and education. What we had to do was get hygiene products and also inform how to properly use them. To do this project it had to be sustainable we couldn’t just buy the products ourselves all the time or have constant fundraisers. Our first thought was to ask companies with hygiene products to donate but then realized they needed some kind of profit as well so we asked what we could help with. The company we were talking to mentioned that they needed paper to make some hand hygiene based products which was something we could provide. We then reached agreement. We would collect paper in our school, then deliver them so that they could be recycled in exchange for hygiene products. Our plan was to collect the paper from school. During this project there were many communications skills that we had to work on. For example, when we had meetings with businessmen who were beyond our level, they were professionals in their job and we were high school students. But we put that aside and communicated with them as we would do with our teachers or parents, with confidence. Collaboration was also a skill we both worked on because to surpass challenges, you will always need the support of your team and that is why you have one. Having a team also helped us think critically of our own work. We didn’t like our previous logo and we changed it, we knew we could do better than our first project so we used it to improve. With this presentation we intend to raise awareness of the risk that can come with having dirty hands and how it affects everybody all around the world. We also had in mind making people understand that there is a linkage between poverty and poor health. Lesson Plan media: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1LJh2NsCmR8eH2GLP3V-ekz5CFCpJt2o8J3zq94-3G1c/edit?usp=sharing

Workshop #8: 3 Semillas: We make biodegradable cups that have seeds.

Room O-103

Global Issues:

  • Deforestation

  • Maritime Safety and Pollution

Colegio F.D Roosevelt

Lima, Peru

Essential Question:

How can we solve deforestation and pollution without making a huge change to peoples life?

Impact Statement:

We have successfully created 500 cups as a sample to our final product. We have also presented our product to small companies that may be interested. This way we decrease the amount of trash in our landfills.

Our goal for our workshop is to share our project ideas and goals. We will talk about the problems we are tackling and of course the solution that we have created (goals, next steps, what have we done so far, etc.)

Workshop #9:

Room O-104

Global Issues:

Pan-American School

Salvador, Brazil

Essential Question:

 

Impact Statement:

 

Workshop #10: Small changes can make a big difference

Room G-104

Global Issue:

  • Climate Change

American School of Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Essential Question:

How can we reuse paper to create a positive impact for the environment and vulnerable communities?

Impact Statement:

We have successfully created a project that has permitted us to produce and donate 600 recycling paper notebooks for kids who live in poverty. Additionally, we were able to expand awareness throughout Colegio Bolivar to reduce paper consumption and take advantage of the recycling opportunities Educambio created.

We made the school an offer they could not refuse: We would take charge of lowering the school’s energy consumption (thus lowering the electricity bill) in exchange for keeping half of the money saved to use in other GIN projects. Our goal is to create an awareness of how small changes can make a big difference on our carbon footprint and electric bill. We hope to inspire other students to do this at their schools and hopefully even in their homes. So far, we have managed to lower the bill by over 20%. Our biggest challenges have been getting fellow students and teachers on board since there is only so much the four of us can do. We need “deputes” in each classroom to help us monitor energy usage.

People power: We will recruit “deputes” from each class and empower them to monitor and control the energy consumption in their rooms. (On)Conscious deputes will be awarded a badge (a logo pin) and will be rotated monthly.
Materials: We are creating a school wide graphic campaign, which includes posters and stickers reminding people to turn off and unplug unused technology. In addition, we will create a multimedia campaign (infographics and videos) explaining the relationship between energy consumption and climate change in order to expand beyond the school community.
Lasting impact: We hope to pass the torch each year by empowering the younger students.

Our project aims to reduce our school’s carbon footprint by increasing awareness of our energy consumption and the effect it has on the environment. In our workshop, we will show how we set up a system of monitoring and reducing energy consumption in our school in order to create a culture of mindful usage. By showing how a number of small changes (like setting the air conditioner thermostat to a reasonable temperature, turning off and/or unplugging unused electronics, etc.) can make a big difference, we hope to motivate others to do the same in their own schools and homes. Goal: Create awareness of how small changes (like setting the air conditioner thermostat to a reasonable temperature, turning off and/or unplugging unused electronics, etc.) can make a big difference in our energy consumption and thus our carbon footprint. Activate prior knowledge: Ask what students already know about the way carbon emissions affect climate, run a short video about this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qADD1Y886rI New Information: We will share the energy-monitoring plan we devised for our school. Activity: An interactive quiz in which students will become aware of how much energy they consume and how this affects climate change. Generalization: We will review the quiz and reinforce small ways we can save energy.