CBL has been such an amazing experience! We have learned so much about executing an innovative idea and taking a professional approach to situations. We learned how we can make an impact as young seventh grade students, which we thought was incredible. As an end to our project, we made a summarizing video about our whole process.
This week our group participated in the CBL Community Forum at our school. We presented our problem, solution, and over all process of our project along with our peers. We told our visitors about why recycling was important and why our kit was impactful. We also explained the data we got when we surveyed first graders.
We used our game not only so they could practice their sorting skills but so we could show why the kids would like it. During our presentation we used our poster so they could follow along with what we were saying and we could show them the pictures on our poster. We also had our iPad with our website up to show our blogs and pictures of our process.
We learned how to capture their attention by speaking loudly and having some interactive element really helped. Overall we felt the community forum was very successful. People seemed to think our solution was innovative and would really be beneficial to students. We were excited to teach people about our project.
This week for CBL Nika and Macie have been working towards contacting schools and teachers to implement our project in their classrooms. We have been struggling with people not responding to our emails which is very frustrating. We tried contacting Echo Horizon school and Grandview Elementary. We are trying to work with first grade students because we think that they will benefit off of it more. We decided to contact 1st graders that we knew personally and we asked questions and tested our kits on them. The different questions that we asked if the they knew what recycling was, if they wanted to play games to win prizes, and if they know what can and cannot be recycled. Our results varied. For the first question, 2 out of the 5 kids said that they did not know was what recycling was which shows that young kids need to learn more about recycling when they are young. For the second question, all of the kids said that they would play the game in order and to win prizes. For the last question 4 out of the 5 kids said that they did not know what to recycle. This was worrying but luckily we were able to teach them about all of the materials that they could recycle. Our final product is that we have a movie, a game, and prizes that the kids would win in the end of the game. The game was to get the kids to place the right objects into the recycling section or the trash can section. The movie is a movie explanation on how many people don't recycle and how they can help the planet by recycling. Our last part is that we gave out prizes to any of the kids who learned the most and knew the most about recycling.
This week our group started to create the Maka Difference Kit, our simple solution to recycling in classrooms. We started creating our velcro sorting game, one of the parts in our kit. We also created a draft of our comic poster this will also be included in the kit. Next, we hope to finalize our kits and plan to send them off.
Time, time, time. If there only was more time! Currently, we are on a huge time crunch in our project. We desperately need to make a connection to a school that we want to give our kit to. We have emailed a few schools but we still have no responses. We also need to continue making the Maka Difference Kit so when we make those connections we can immediately send them the kit and collect our data.
This week our group was very productive finding our solution and getting started on finalizing what we are going to create. We met with some faculty members at our school and they shared with us their feedback on our project. They described new ideas and concerns. One new idea that really stood out to us was that a good way to measure the recycling that the kids were doing was to create surveys/logs for the kids to create to fill out how much they had recycled that day. There were also a few concerns that the faculty shared with us. Some expressed concerns were about how many people already know about what to recycle, but there aren't enough recycle bins, people are too lazy or think that their item won’t matter and that collecting data from the kids could be hard because they could lie about what they had recycled that day.
Some ways that we could change these concerns are creating activities that are going to encourage people to find their nearest recycling bin. Also, we are planning on trusting the kids to be honest with their surveys and not lie.
Our revised solution is that we want to prepare kits to put in classrooms with games, posters, movies, and challenges. We want to create a velcro game where the students can practice sorting different materials into groups. We also want to include a poster to hang in the classroom about a recycling hero to encourage the students. Another activity for the classroom activity is to have little movies playing that show what could happen to the earth if they dont recycle so it will make them want to recycle more. Finally we want to put a challenge in the kit that teachers can institute in the classroom to help the kids recycle with prizes so there is something to work for.
The two grades that we are going to focus on are 1st and 2nd grade because we feel that they will get more engaged with the activities and want to learn more about it. We also think we need to create these recycling habits sooner than later. The school that we want to partner with is Echo Horizon School. We want to engage with this school because Nika is an alumni there and Windward has a few connections to Echo Horizon that will definitely help us communicate. It is a great school that also has a recycling program and we hope to teach the kids the importance of recycling.
This week our group has done lots of research to gain information to help us finalize our solution to educate students about recycling. We decided that we are going to create kits that we can distribute to different classrooms to inform and encourage kids about recycling. We want to include a velcro game where the students can practice sorting trash into different groups, posters for the room about a recycling hero, art project ideas that include recycled materials, flyers or posters to bring for their families, and challenges for the teacher(s) to institute in the classroom.
Our group has researched other recycling solutions in different communities and found some very interesting and inspiring solutions. One solution we found was called Wecyclers a recycling system created by Billikiss Adebiyi Abiola, where people can go to different polluted areas on bikes and pick up trash. They then turn it in for points that they can use to buy products for their families. Another solution we discovered was the How2Recycle labeling system that clearly labels products with recycling instructions.
In our upcoming days we will be focusing on gathering our final needed research to help us further create our solution and we will be receiving feedback from respected adults. But we are not done yet! We still have a few more steps to climb!
This week our group narrowed our problem to a more specific topic, that students don't have the education they need about recycling! According to Voices of Youth 90% of plastic is not recycled and most schools either have no recycling programs or have a recycling program that they no not enforce.
So far we have reached out to TerraCycle, an organization that offers recycling programs, helpful solutions, and events. We have also reached out to the Department of Public Works. They focus on making LA a better community from redoing roads to enforcing recycling. And we have reached out to many more organizations that have strong belief in recycling.
We have heard back from TerraCycle who has confirmed that our problem is actually a problem. They have found that one of the biggest problems with recycling is that people do not do enough of it. They have also said that education is very important and when people don’t know about and/or know the “rules” they do not recycle. If people are asking themselves what can be recycled, there is a problem.
Recycling can make a difference and we cannot wait to explore and come up with a solution to this tragic problem!
Hi everyone, our names are Nika and Macie. We are working a project called Challenge Based Learning (CBL), a yearly tradition at our school. This year we were challenged to focus on increasing disaster resilience of cities and communities or improving responsible consumption, production patterns, and waste mitigation. We were very interested in waste but more specifically recycling. Recycling interested us because it is a pressing issue not only in our community but globally. Lack of recycling is affecting animals, humans, and the environment. Lately, we have been working on our research and narrowing our topic even more!