• Ontario
  • Elementary

Centennial Public School

78A

“Save energy, walrus style!”

  • 16 Challenges Completed
  • 0 Challenges not completed

A Green-Powered Canada

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We made a presentation explaining green energy, green energy in canada, and fossil fuels. We then split the class into three groups and had them debate which type of energy is the best.

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Buckle Up

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For our buckle up, we made a wordcloud and researched methods of transportation, as per option 2. We then made an interactive game activity where we take the class to different areas and show them futuristic transportation methods in action there. To round it off, we played a trivia round of Kahoot! The methods researched were Hyrail(Hydrogen-powered Trains), Shinkansen(Bullet Trains), Straddle Buses(Transit-Elevated Buses), and Maglev Trains(Electro-magnetic train). We mainly researched how they work and how their unique fueling methods operate, as well as a bit of history and outlook on their design. For our presentation, we drew bright pictures to stimulate going on a train to the area. Then, we would show a short video either explaining or picturing the method in action. While our class was “riding” to the area, we explained a bit about the methods. Then, we shared our word cloud and played the Kahoot, which featured 13 questions about the methods that we explained. In Particular, we placed an emphasis on class participation, letting our classmates pick where we wanted to go.Thankfully, it went smoothly and was engaging, and we were able to maintain a balance between talking enough and videos and audience participation.

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Community Connections

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The City of Waterloo organized a community clean up for groups interested in cleaning up their local park. We decided to clean up Clair Lake which is just around the corner from our school. The city provided garbage bags and gloves to do the pickup and we beautified the lake with vim and vigour!

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Do You Really Need It?

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In this challenge the class took a break from social media and streaming movies and TV for a day. Before the day, there was an overall negative reaction to participating in this challenge. From the responses collected, the results seemed pretty positive. The class found they could go ouside more, focus more on important tasks, and hang out with friends and family.

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Game Time!

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We made an environment inspired version of chutes and ladders out of recycled paper, with the ladders being trees and the chutes being polluted rivers. We also introduced a smog space where the player would miss a turn. Upon these events, players had to answer an environment related question in order to activate or cancel out the effect of the trees, polluted rivers, or smog.

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Get Growing

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Our class explored the process of growing plants and photosynthesis. Our class grew a variety of different plants such as radishes, tomatoes, peppers, and beans. Every few days, our class waters the plants and has learned how to keep them thriving.

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How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?

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We handed out a checklist containing all the questions for a carbon footprint calculator. We encouraged people to ask their parents to provide accurate information. Once they had finished the checklist, we had our class calculate their ecological footprint, personal earth overshoot day, % of ecological footprint that was their carbon footprint, how many earths needed if everyone lived like them and tonnes of carbon emitted into the atmosphere. Once they were done with the calculator, we had them record these results on a google form. We then had the class discuss how we could all improve our ecological footprint. Then, they coloured and wrote on the foot pages we printed out.

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One Hour No Power

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For the challenge we used any opportunity we had to not use power for activities. For example, we took daily reading periods (with the lights off), went outside for some daily physical activities, or we played board games in class.

Story Time

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We wrote a book about what a world we could live in if we don't start saving more energy. The book is split into 3 parts, and we both did one part while the last part did together. Our story looks into a possible future of the world if we continue on a path of ignorance. Ignorance of the means of getting electricity and the ignorance of the clarity of government management of electricity. The story is split into 3 parts, which describes the rise and fall and the future of the world.

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Take-Home

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For this challenge, the class was given tracking sheets to manage the garbage, recycling and compost thrown out during one week at home. As well as tracking their waste, they also tracked the items that the reused and not thrown away.

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The Phantom of the Classroom

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Our class learned about phantom power and the types of devices that create this vampire power. We also discussed the difference between newtons, joules, watts, watt hours and kilowatt hours. We also looked up the rates per kilowatt hour for Ontario. Then we used Belkin Conserve Insight devices to calculate the amount of watts that each "always on" device in our class uses, and figured out how much money this would waste over the year.

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Tips and Tricks

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For the challenge, we created a slideshow filled with 20 tips and tricks about conserving energy. We first presented the tips each day to our class. Then we had the presentation show on the TVs around our school, that way all of the students at our school can learn the tricks too.

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Video Challenge

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The students of 7/8A are committed to saving energy by: -unplugging electrical devices when we aren't using them -switching to table and desk lamps (or none at all!) during the day when there's plenty of natural light -turning the stove off early (and not opening it during cooking!) to save some energy -fixing leaky faucets, taking shorter showers, and never leaving the water running Follow our lead and start saving energy today!

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Water Works

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On day 1, we posted a google form for our class to track water usage. We presented a slideshow on major Canadian water issues and ways to save water in household appliances, then posted another google form to track on day 2. It was a great experience!

What’s For Lunch?

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Our class did option 1 of this challenge. The class was divided the class into 6 relatively equal groups, then told them to create a recipe using only locally grown, processed, or produced foods. All ingredients were within the range of Canada, and were within the province or from surrounding provinces. For each recipe, they researched the location of where each ingredient was from, and also provided the procedure for how to make the dish. Then, one student took all the recipes and put them together into a cookbook.

What’s Old is New Again

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We presented a slideshow to the class describing what recycling is, why it is important, and how to re-use things and keep other things out of the landfil. Using material that were kept out of the landfil by our class, we created a creature we named the "Junkasaurus".

Energy savings by the numbers

water_works 138,460 Litres of water conserved
hour_no_power 2,653 Hours of no power
take_home 107,182 Items Kept from Landfill