Student Workshop Session #4

#38 -Styrofoam

American International School of Kingston, Jamaica

Room 730A

Essential question:

Since styrofoam is destroying our health and environment, how can we eliminate the use of this product in schools?

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Workshop Description:

At the conference we will be presenting a prezi with the needed information about our project. Our project is about the effects of Styrofoam on the body and environment and the different ways we can reduce the use of styrofoam in our everyday lives. We also have created an interactive activity called ‘Swat The Fly’.

The Swat The Fly game is as follows:

You have a list of terms or phrases that we mentioned in our presentation and we divide the audience into two teams. When we ask a question or say a definition, the first person to hit the correct word or phrase wins a point for their team and the team with the most points wins. For example, if we said it was one bad effect that styrofoam has on your health, and two people hit the words ‘Itchy eyes’, the first person that hits it gets the point for their team.”

Plan for Sustainability:

In our school and in most of the schools in Jamaica, we have noticed an incessant use of styrofoam. For the past year, we have been battling the use of styrofoam. We can eliminate using this harmful material in schools by encouraging the students and teachers to use biodegradable boxes and reusable containers, not the harmful styrofoam boxes, cups and plates. We have been successful at our school by putting biodegradable in our cafeteria. We hope that we can make at least one other school in Jamaica convert to using biodegradable boxes. One other way we can use less styrofoam is by not buying styrofoam plates and cups for birthday parties.

We could also replace the non-reusable boxes in the school canteen with reusable trays that would cost less than buying non-reusable biodegradable boxes.

Also, we could encourage students in local schools to bring their own reusable containers to school instead of using styrofoam. We need to talk to the leaders of the schools to ensure this is implemented. We could also encourage the kids to talk to their parents and tell them to pass the information on. We would also make this project sustainable by having more fundraisers so we can buy more biodegradable boxes. We hope to ban the use of styrofoam for the whole country and make it a better place.
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#39 – Teen Pregnancy

Lincoln School, Argentina

Room 744

Essential question:

How can we help pregnant teenage girls that have either been in abusive situations or have little to no sexual education?

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Workshop Description:

Goals of this project include offering sex education to teens at this shelter and building with community awareness of abuse and teen pregnancy”

Plan for Sustainability:

In order to make our project sustainable, the girls will be provided with long-term sexual education, and we will also host once every semester a fundraiser in order to raise money and be able to donate to the shelter, the supplies needed for the mothers and the newborns.
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#40 – Always a Second Chance

Colegio Alberto Einstein, Ecuador

Room 742

Essential question:

Why is it essential to develop an ecologic way to treat electronic waste in our school environment?

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Workshop Description:

The objective of our school project is to reuse and discard electronic waste responsibly within the school environment, which will be the main focus of the workshop. We will present the development of activities, the application of ideas and how we accomplished our objectives. The relationship between global warming and electronic waste will be explained and clarified in an educational background.

Plan for Sustainability:

Through this workshop, our objective is to encourage schools to promote awareness of this topic and to find solutions that will effectively reduce the problem of the lack of knowledge with regards to effective disposal of electronic waste.
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#41 – Digital Divide

Graded School, Brazil

Room 749

Essential question:

How can access to technology expand the horizons of poor, young children in São Paulo?

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Workshop Description:

In our workshop, we will be discussing facts and figures about the use of technology in Brazil, and how they inspired the creation of TechnALL (short for “Technology For All”). We will present our work, explain how we’ve grown since last year, and outline what our goals are for the future. The world we live in is becoming increasingly technological, and the lower class is lagging behind – not by choice, but by social standing. We believe technology is a powerful tool that has the ability to inform and inspire people, and change their lives.

Plan for Sustainability:

We have been working on a booklet with tutorials on Microsoft Office programs that will be printed, laminated, and distributed to the children at the day care we attend. This will enable children to explore independently and not depend on us to enhance their knowledge on the use of technology. In addition, we are developing a partnership with Service Learning students to have them prepare fun activities using the computers for when they visit the day care.
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#42 – Education Inequality

American School of Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Room 734

Essential question:

Why is education important and why are there education inequalities around the world?

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Workshop Description:

The use of plastic has been a controversial issue our modern society because of the negative effects that this convenient material possesses. We have been abusing the planet and the over production and use of plastic is a perfect example of how our technology based society has been destroying our ecosystems by favoring practically over sustainability. Many are not aware that the effects are not only environmental, but also social and moral. Plastic production is harming many poorer populations around the world, and that is being overlooked. It is such a current worldwide problem that needs to be solved, starting from small acts such as our project of plastic elimination in our school.

Plan for Sustainability:

We plan to continue partnering with schools world wide each year in order to continue gaining multiple perspectives on how to raise awareness and address this difficult issue.
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#43 – Risky Behavior

Our Lady of Mercy School, Brazil

Room 735

Essential question:

How does Education effectively contribute to responsible behavior?

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Workshop Description:

Having previously focused on road safety, the ongoing OLMobility 2.0 addresses crucial issues towards the development of youth responsible behaviors while driving, such as the misuse of cellphones, and drink-driving. Audience will be invited to experience a playful interaction with their senses, assigned different roles in a practical simulation and make responsible decisions in real life situations.

Plan for Sustainability:

As citizens, we aim to raise awareness and spread the word of proper and sensible attitudes as to promote general well-being, to reduce public expenses in traffic and the health system. Develop role models to become active members in society while multiplying knowledge and motivating responsible behaviors among ordinary people.
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#44 – Garden and Composting

American School of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Room 743

Essential question:

How can implementing a garden and composting system in our school help the biodiversity, education and health in our community

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Workshop Description:

We will talk about our school garden, how it works, our system for maintaining it. What our aim is with the garden. How other schools could implement something similar in their school. Global issues this relates. We haven’t started a composting system yet but we will explain our plan and aims for it, and how other schools can implement such projects

Plan for Sustainability:

This is an inherently sustainable project.

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#45 – Empty Bowl

Carol Morgan School, Dominican Republic

Room 745

Essential question:

How can we contribute towards the fight against hunger in our community?

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Workshop Description:

The empty bowls network is a world-wide organization working to raise money and awareness in the fight against hunger and poverty. Students handcraft bowls that are then used to serve food instead of a donation. All proceeds go to an organization dedicated to serve those in need and the person who donated keeps the handcraft bowl as a reminder that there are many empty bowls in our world but that on that day they helped filled someone else’s bowl.

Plan for Sustainability:

Every year we host an empty bowls event at Carol Morgan School. We have included the Arts department and the community as a whole throughout these years. As a result we created a partnership with Hogar del Nino who serves 1500 kids every day. Empty Bowls has become institutionalized at our school and we are grateful for the support from the school, the community and our sponsors.
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#46 – ECOnsciência

Pan American School of Bahia, Brazil

Room 720

Essential question:

How can one help their community become more conscious of ecosystem depletion, the negative effects of pollution, and how they can make a change.

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Workshop Description:

We will present the video and powerpoint project via a projector with our own computers. Next, we will perform a interactive activity of which the public must create a art project similar to the ones accomplished in Econsciencia Class.

Plan for Sustainability:

We will continue having ecological awareness meetings to inspire the next generation to make a change. Students interested in CAS hours will work for community service once a week and we will be also opened for NHS volunteers and students that have worked with Allan Kardec before.
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#47 – Health Awareness in Charity Institutions

Chapel School, Brazil

Room 733

Essential question:

Why is health education important for everyone in our society?

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Workshop Description:

We connect with teenagers from an orphanage (Fundação Maria Helena Drexel) and transmit knowledge regarding health through casual conversation and fun activities. We visit them at least every month with a new topic to discuss. So, we plan to have a few questions regarding health and well-being in the power point and ask the people watching to answer them. Whenever someone answers correctly, they get candy.”

Plan for Sustainability:

Our project will be sustainable because new participants are always joining and older members train them in how to maintain the project.
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#48 – Kids for Education

American School of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Room 738

Essential question:

How can we provide universal access to education?

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Workshop Description:

This workshop will be an experiential activity where children will work in a ‘sweatshop’ producing bags for their employer. After this exercise, they will debrief about the experience and brainstorm activities that could start an Education for All movement.

Plan for Sustainability:

This workshop will be an experiential activity where children will work in a ‘sweatshop’ producing bags for their employer. After this exercise, they will debrief about the experience and brainstorm activities that could start an Education for All movement.
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#49 – ABCing Lives

International School of Panama, Panama

Room 737

Essential question:

How can early stimulation help open possibilities for kids living in a shelter?

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Workshop Description:

The UNICEF´s Early Stimulation work guide of 2009 states that, during the first five years of life, children’s brains are growing faster than at any other time. Children’s early experiences shape how their brains develop. A traumatic experience during this first five years of life can send the child to self-destruction if he/her does not get an intervention; if they do not receive early stimulation. The kids with whom the ABC´ing Lives’ team works are in social danger. They have suffered from a trauma and have been left at a shelter by their parents or by the government, meaning that they do not have a parent to care for them. According to UNICEF, “parents and caregivers play a very important role in helping young children cope and recover from traumatic and stressful experiences.” How would a child with no one to care for them recover? This is where we tried to help. Children learn through games and interactions, which is what early stimulation is all about; provide learning experiences to the children through which they´ll play. The stimulation must be constant, individual, and personal. The child is not only learning skills that will help him/her adapt to the future, but will also create a bond of trust between the stimulator and the child were the child will feel protected. Sometimes it may seem like nothing is happening, but it is. Children cannot be pushed to play and learn. Eventually they will organize these memories and reorganize them again and again until they create an image of themselves. And your help will be a big factor on these kids. We used the help of a professional stimulator. She guided us through the activities and what we would need. Having a professional can help you make a more efficient work. We worked independently with each kid, one-to-one, to provide the child with a demonstration of caring and protection.

Plan for Sustainability:

Kids learn every day. They change every day, and they grow every day. Because of this constant growth they overcome obstacles very quickly. New tests have to be taken and new changes have to be made to any early stimulation project. We started developing a person-to-person system of stimulation. This would be our next step to take. This involves starting to implement our program on the shelter we are presently visiting, and then expanding it to other shelters. Because of the demand of time a child needs we are starting a godparent program where volunteers from different organizations could start helping at the different shelters we will be visiting. We are planning to create a new branch of ABC´ing Lives, which will be based on health as well as early education. We will try to provide the medical and sanitary necessities that the shelters may not have.
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#13 – MUST: Musically United Students and Teachers

American School of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Room 746

Essential Question:

How can we create a more united community, while helping create an appreciation for the arts, while teaching music?

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Workshop Description:

The workshop will contain a portion of how to set up a similar program at your school. A outline/ skeleton plan that will help people understand how feasible this project is in each audience’s representative schools. This will be followed by a section telling our story. How MUST came to be, where it came from, what we have done, and what we will do. This will then be followed by a representation – hopefully a video – showing the effect a project like MUST can have on the community of the chosen implementation area. The presentation will be concluded by us asking the students attending, “What are we doing wrong?” and “What do you suggest that may help us develop our project better?”

Plan for Sustainability:

This project will achieve sustainability through capital commitment from large companies represented at the school, and an in depth selection process that allows us, and those that will receive leadership after us, to choose students that truly will benefit the club and assist in its progression. The sustainability aspect is really dependent on the vocation of the students and that is why we believe a rigorous selection process will fend off those that won’t commit to the club.[/su_tab] [su_tab title=”Student Film”]

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