Workshop List

Atlanta International School Against Human Trafficking

Student Participants: Kitty McCarthy, Charlotte Jones, Emilia Castillo, Bonnie Watkins, Madeleine Howell
School: Atlanta International School
Global Issue: International Labor and Migration

Our presentation focuses on the issue of human trafficking throughout the world. With both sex and labor trafficking as the focal points, the presentation covers an outline of the issue, what AISAHT is doing to solve the issue, and what it plans to do in order to solve the issue.

Anti-discrimination in Schools

Student Participant: Negasi Haskins
School: Atlanta International School
We will describe the situation in our community and explain the impact that the disparities have on the students and on the quality of education. After, Afolabi will be introduced as well as the focus of the group. Then we will talk about how this group is essential for change and how we plan to inspire others to make a change within their communities from what we have done in our own.

Making Choices the Permaculture Way

Student Participants: Keehan Mulholland, Arletty Wara, Annekin Ove, Kelsey Barajas
School: Bitney College Preparatory High School
Global Issue: Sharing the Planet

Our presentation focuses on the principles of sustainable and permaculture design. Our school has a Sustainable Design Class and our GIN Team are all students in the class. Our workshop will lead participants through an understanding of what sustainability and permaculture design means and how we are apply those principles to various projects on our campus. Our video offers a brief look at some of the project underway.

Water Usage: How We Can Reduce Our Daily Consumption

Student Participants: Declan Herrera, Avani Higuchi and Madison Laymon
School: Chinese American International School
Global Issue: California Drought and Global Warming

Our presentation is an interactive workshop for participants to consider their daily water use, to learn about how much water they generally consume for various activities in a given day, and to consider a number of alternative practices to reduce the amount of water they use. Our opening video gives some information about the extent of the drought in California, how it might potentially affect the way of life in California as well as other global areas, and the need to educate the general public about everyone’s role in learning about global warming and how we can change our daily behaviors.

Living Roofs for Urban Greening

Student Participants: Sarah Starks, Olivia Bowles, Elazar Sontag
School: Drew School
This is an ongoing project on our native plant roof garden to determine the best ecological and economic methods for greening urban areas through roof gardens. Students will demonstrate, show photos of their work and collaboration with living roof researchers from Switzerland’s Zurich Technical University.

Syrian Refugee Project

Student Participants: Ilva, Anders, Solal, Emerson, Anabel, Claudia, Matilda
School: French American International School
Global Issue: Where do the Syrians Go?
As a result of the civil war raging in Syria, approximately four million people have fled to neighboring countries across the Mediterranean, particularly Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey. Yet the declining economy and growing recession throughout Europe has limited not only their funds but available citizenship, and various countries have fenced off their borders. Our mission was to raise money for the accommodation and vital resources of these refugees. We held multiple bake sales and coin drives to collect donations for the IRC, the International Rescue Committee. We organized a presentation from a representative of the IRC, and found this organization had a wonderful message and support system. Not only do they provide counseling and career opportunities, but are also devoted to the well-being of the numerous refugees received. In addition, our group had the good fortune of participating in the wormhole project where we had the touching experience of a live video conference with five teenage girls in the Az’atari refugee camp in Jordan.

The Open String and Youth Ambassador Program

Student Participant: Zara Jamey
School: International High School
Global Issue: Education
Introduces the conceptualized Youth Ambassador Program and explains what I have been doing to launch it. Outlines how any members of the audience can get involved, even those who don’t play a string instrument. Robert Brewer Young, one of the world’s leading violin makers, would be delighted to come with wood and carving tools and explain in an extremely kinesthetic way how a violin is made. Participants can use tools and explore carving. Finished instruments can also be brought in for some sound experimentation. Should be super cool!

Global Diseases: What They Are and How to Stop Them

Student Participants: Sami Abdelazim, Mateen Motavaf
School: International High School
Global Issue: Health
Our project covers global diseases. In the beginning of our workshop, we cover the different kinds of diseases and different type of microorganisms. We focus on other types of diseases how to prevent them from becoming epidemics and pandemic. Then we transition to Diabetes, and how it affects our community, and what we did to help. Also, we present how we helped raise awareness and how we also raised money in order to one day find a cure.

Zoumi School in Morocco

Participant: Jérémie Rostan
School: International High School
Global Issue: Education for all
Project of a partnership with École Anoual, an elementary school in the remote town of Zoumi, Morocco.

Math by Art – Haiti

Student Participant: Julia
School: The Nueva School
Global Issue: Education for All

The Math by Art Project engages young people in Haiti in addressing a serious environmental and health challenge, in learning math, and in creating art. Plastic waste in Haiti is commonly either burned, releasing toxic chemicals into the air, land, and water, or discarded and left to clog drainage systems and pollute the ocean. Using the Project’s educational software, students learn math concepts by repurposing discarded plastic bottles to make math manipulatives, like geometric compasses, from the plastic. The math and manipulatives then provide a platform for students to create art and practical tools, such as mobiles and brooms. Through a collaborative effort with partners in the U.S. and Haiti, the project aims to help transform an environmental and health hazard into an educational resource.In this workshop, participants will watch a video about the Math by Art project and then play some of the games. Participants will also create math manipulative from plastic bottles and brainstorm/prototype new lessons. Come join us!

Water Bottles in Zambia

Student Participant: Jackie
School: The Nueva School
Global Issue: Massive Step in the Fight Against Poverty
Back in 2012, Jackie started a project that was expressive of her passions for health, art, and social service. Hear the story that inspired Jackie to take action. Also learn what roadblocks Jackie encountered and how she overcame them. Learn how connecting communities can lead to change in both. Partake in brainstorming activities to get ideas flowing and to begin becoming inspired and fearless changemakers.

Touch to Talk

Student Participant: Austin
School: The Nueva School
Global Issue: Opportunity for All
For just over two years, Austin has been working on a wearable tech glove to help speech impaired persons to communicate with strangers in public. The glove, tentatively called Touch to Talk, acts as a keyboard, allows users to type out messages by touching their thumb and palm to points along their fingers. The messages that are typed are then displayed in real-time on a screen housed on the back of the glove. By wearing the glove, a speech-impaired person can approach a total stranger, such as a cashier or waiter, and get across those quick communications that those of us who can speak often take for granted. In this presentation, Austin will be going over the path of his project and demonstrating his current prototypes, followed by a group exercise in a crucial aspect of Austin’s project: need-finding. If you want to learn more about identifying needs within and outside of your community, we would love to have you come by.

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