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.