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Recently, grade 7 students at ASFG gathered and analyzed the trash and recycling from all parts of the school. They used the information to determine what we were doing well and what areas we could improve upon, in our role as an environmental leader in the community.
Did you know, for example, that as a school we generate about 101 kg of
After examining the results of the waste assessment and taking a tour of the campus to look at other ways we are consuming resources, groups of 3 or 4 students chose an issue to research more in depth. They developed driving questions such as: Is all plastic recyclable? How can ASFG reduce food waste? How can we reduce the amount of trash we generate? What is the environmental impact of our pool?
Students interviewed maintenance about our water consumption, the cost of energy and the types of chemicals used in our pool. They interviewed the cafeteria staff about food waste. They researched the impact of extracting aluminum from the ground. Students also looked at waste data collected by other schools.
The final product for each group was to create a Public Service Announcement (PSA) that focused on their issue. They used the data gathered at school, compared it to an outside source, and developed at least one solution to the problem. This project required students to integrate learning from science, math, language arts and technology to produce high quality, persuasive videos. Students were engaged throughout the process because they had many opportunities to pursue their personal interests and collaborate. See more PSAs on our YouTube playlist.
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