• Ontario
  • Elementary

Centennial public school

8c7

“Doing our part to save the walruses of the future.”

  • 17 Challenges Completed
  • 0 Challenges not completed

A Green-Powered Canada

Completed

Description

We ran a class debate, running on a modified version of the Canadian Parliamentary system. Each group would choose their own energy source, and then 6 teams of 3 in 3 groups of 6 would debate about which one is better. Judges, including the two student organizers and one volunteer, would judge each debate and choose a winning side, this being whichever side made their energy source sound better.

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Buckle Up

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For this challenge, a student in 8C7 made a presentation on smart transportation and different modes of transportation. He made the attached slideshow and script to present. Then, on March 30th, he presented and engaged the class in a discussion about different types of smart transportation in the google meet chat. Finally, he made a word cloud out of all of the words.

Community Connections

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Two students from 8C7 led the charge to create this project. They made an outline for 5 activities related to energy saving that the class planned out in small groups. The entire school then took part by completing the activities to celebrate Earth Day. The school shared their results with each other, and we're sharing them here!

Do You Really Need It?

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Description

Two students in the class led a discussion to talk about the differences between wants and needs. The class then picked a day to celebrate UnMovie Day, where we didn't watch any media or play video games. Some found it tough, and some found it easier, but it redefined what we thought of as wants vs. needs, that's for sure!

Get Growing

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We grew a variety of plants including tomatoes, radishes, beans, and lettuce.  We had everyone in the class grow one plant and water their plants in order for them to all grow. We began by planting our seeds in fertilized soil in small seeding pots.  We found a few ledges in the school that had direct sunlight to help them grow, and our teacher brought them back to the classroom once a day to water them.  We can't wait to see how they turn out!

How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?

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During this energy diet project, we learned about carbon footprints and carbon offset through researching and an interactive presentation in which we calculated our own personal carbon footprint produced by the activities in our day-to-day lives. By calculating these, we determined how many trees it would take to offset our own carbon emissions. In addition, we then brainstormed the ways to reduce our individual carbon feet from buying locally to travelling less.

Limited Edition: Game Time!

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After the class learned about food waste with a short presentation, they were split into a couple groups to play a online board game (made by a student). Due to covid restrictions, the game was less interactive, as only one person could move the pieces on the board and that person had to share their screen so everyone could see the board game. However, the class was able to answer food waste related trivia questions and look at the food waste information on each space of the board game they landed on. The class greatly enjoyed this activity.

One Hour No Power

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We chose a few events to do for our hours of no power, and sprinkled them in the few weeks of time we were doing it when we could. These activities were mainly reading and playing chess, as well as the time we took over April break to do whatever we wanted that wasn't on a screen.

Round and Round it Goes

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Two students created draft emails, encouraging companies to take part in the circular economy in various ways. Students then selected companies to contact with suggestions on how to change their current models to engage in the circular economy. Emails have been sent to companies and we have received some interesting feedback!

Story Time

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The tale of two heroes overcoming undefeatable adversity in a barren Arctic wasteland, set in a future where we fail to save the environment. In this unusual fairy tale, a former princess and her companion embark on a journey to defeat humanity's worst enemy-- the embodiment of climate change. For this challenge, our group wrote a 5 chapter story to inform others of the dangers that come with hurting the environment. Beforehand, we conducted a survey so our class could vote on elements such as the story's setting, the names of our primary characters, and the age and personality of our protagonist. After the story was written, we read it aloud to our class so they could learn from the mistakes of our story's human population. Using a large metal dragon to symbolize the effects of climate change, people are reminded that we can't just choose to help the world whenever it's convenient-- we have to do it NOW, before it's too late.

Take-Home

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For this energy diet project, students tracked their household's waste (specifically their garbage, what they recycle & compost, and how much reusable items were utilized) produced over the course of 5 days. Alongside the tracking of waste, students also explored what waste means, where it plays a role in their everyday lives, why and how developed countries continue to distribute plastics to poorer, more developing countries who do not have the capacity to deal with it, and came up with ways to decrease their own waste production.

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The Phantom of the Classroom

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Everyone in our class measured the number of watts their devices took on standby, and uploaded the results to a google form.

Tips and Tricks

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For this challenge we brainstormed and made a slideshow presenting 20 different tips to save energy. We presented one tip every day to our class, encouraging people to follow the tips. A few examples of tips are to turn the lights off when you leave a room, or turning off the water when you are brushing your teeth. These tips were also shown on the TVs in our school!

Video Challenge

Completed

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The entire class shared their opinions on how to conserve energy and added their voices to the video. Enjoy!

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Water Works

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Two enterprising students started with a presentation on what the class will be doing for the next 24 hours which was to track their water usage on the Day 1 Google Form. The following day, they presented again but this time, had a discussion on different strategies to save water. The main way they got the class to say their strategies was by using the waterfall technique where everyone would type in the chat of the google meet at the same time. They once again got the class to track water usage but this time, asked the class to implement the strategies they discussed. This was tracked on the Day 2 Google Form. After they collected all the data from the majority of the class through the google forms, they transferred it to a spreadsheet and added up the totals that the class used on both days. On the first day, the class used 7008.72 L of water and on the second day used 6622.72 L of water which in total saved 386 L of water!

What’s For Lunch?

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Students learned about food miles and what they are, then proceeded to find recipes using local ingredients to learn how much time it takes. They used the website https://www.ontario.ca/foodland/page/availability-guide to pick a season and decide the local food to use in the recipes!

What’s Old is New Again

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We planned out to make a city out of recycled/reused items, creating a blueprint of where each part of the city would go and how big each section would be. Each person in the class had something to make to be part of the city, and then it was all put together. The point of the city is that there are major parts that show how to help the environment and conserve energy with sections like the electricity area, grocery area. water filtration area, tree planting section, and bike lane.

Energy savings by the numbers

water_works 118,468 Litres of water conserved
hour_no_power 3,273 Hours of no power
take_home 25,944 Items Kept from Landfill