“Where Eagles soar, and energy is saved!”
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A Green-Powered Canada
Students researched various energy sources and their impacts on the environment. They then prepared a debate to recommend the government invest more or less in these energy sources. The debates took place in front of the class, and the class discussed the points in favour of
We watched the videos about smart mobility and discussed what that would mean in Canadian cities and towns. We discussed our particular area which is suburban and doesn’t have a lot of public transit. The kids then did some research on different kinds of smart mobility around the world and the impacts of choosing better forms of transportation on the environment and on human beings.
We participated in Earth Hour on March 27, and kids talked to their families about saving energy and convinced them to power down for one hour from 8:30-9:30 pm. The goal was to turn off as many devices as possible, and spend the time doing things together as a family.
Do You Really Need It?
We discussed what a need vs want meant, with examples of what they are in everyday life. We then discussed energy use needs vs wants and planned which we could give up for one day. Students then reflected on how hard it was and why we need to try to save energy even if it’s hard.
We began by discussing global climate change and how carbon dioxide contributes to it. We reviewed the carbon cycle, making note of how burning fossil fuels releases carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. We then did some research on photosynthesis to find out how plants take up carbon dioxide, and use it to produce sugars and starches. We discussed the idea of a carbon sink, and that plants tie up carbon for as long as they are alive, and sometimes longer. Putting these two things together, we talked about the Amazon rainforest as a significant carbon sink, and how the recent burning there has released this carbon. We created posters on Jamboard to share.
How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?
We discussed where carbon comes from and specifically how we produce carbon dioxide through various activities. We discussed what a carbon footprint was and what contributes to it and then use the calculator to determine our own personal foot prints. Finally we discussed ways to reduce our carbon footprint’s.
Limited Edition: Game Time!
Because we were separated by online learning and also to incorporate other learning that we’ve been doing in the classroom, we decided to do this as a coding challenge. Students were asked to create a game using code.org sprite lab which would teach other students about food waste and how to avoid it and the problems with it. We spent time is the class researching food waste and sharing that information on a gym board then coders went off and treated their games. We then shared them as a class and intend to share them to other classes in future.
One Hour No Power
Together as a group we decided to reduce our energy use in the classroom. So we evaluated what we could turn off and decided that we need to use devices for school work (using Google classroom) so our ability to reduce energy would be focussed on when we were outside of the classroom. We made sure lights were turned off when we went to gym or to recess, and we incorporated as much outdoor education as possible and turned off lights at that point.
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Round and Round it Goes
We discussed what is meant by a circular economy with specific questions about what things are being done to improve how we retain resources rather than letting them go into landfills and waste streams. Students did specific research of companies or innovations that are increasing the amount of circular economy is in our society.
We discussed what concerns students have about how we are using energy today, and what innovations are being developed to address energy problems today. We reviewed what global climate change is, and how fossil fuels contribute to this environmental concern. We also talked about consideration of impacts even of green energy, and how decision makers need to look at all of the potential problems related to green energy options (like health concerns with windmills).
We discussed the processes of recycling reusing and composting, And how they reduce the amount of garbage being sent to landfills. Kids used a virtual chart in which to record what they threw out and how many. And then we totalled up for the week the amount of recycle reused composted versus thrown away and garbage.
The Phantom of the Classroom
As a class we discussed what phantom power is on the idea that devices are using power even when not in use. We went to the Quebec Hydro in Ontario Hydro websites to identify devices in our homes that use phantom energy And calculated how much money is wasted in our homes on phantom power. Kids then made a poster to educate others about this issue.
Tips and Tricks
As a class we discussed how Canadians use energy and try to identify those that could be reduced in order to save energy. Some kids chose to look at how government affects the way we use energy and suggestions for policies that would make Canada greener. Kids then made posters that we will share with the school.
The students and I had a discussion about what we wanted to do for a video and since Minecraft education was recently made available we decided to build a green world which included all of the smart green technology that we had been talking about during the energy diet challenge. Kids chose a aspect of responsible environmental behaviour such as a tree farm or smart mobility, and then built a representation of it in our Minecraft world. They then programmed NPCs to tell visitors important information, and we used some basic programming to send visitors from one spot to another in the world.
We discussed the ways we depend on water and how we misuse it by letting taps run unnecessarily, by using potable water to flush the toilet etc. We came up with as complete a list of daily uses of water as we could and set up a table to track our use over the weekend to compare day 1 to day 2 with the intent of trying to reduce water use on day 2.
What’s For Lunch?
What’s Old is New Again
We discussed what sorts of waste we produce that could possibly be up cycled into other useful items and the relationship of that to creating art. We are currently studying Vikings as part of ancient civilizations and so decided to create shields and armour in the style of Viking art to represent our fight for the environment! We collected cardboard boxes from the school, and use them as the basis for shields and armour.