Scientist's Scoop: How to bring Earth Day to everyday?
April 21, 2017: Celebrate Earth Day with us! Students will take on the role of being Planet Heroes as they are challenged to design and implement solutions to benefit wildlife, ecosystems, local and global communities through one surprising avenue - our food systems!
Date: April 21, 2017
Time: Program repeats at 9:30am PST and 11:10am PST
Duration: 60 minutes
Target Audience: 3rd-8th Grade
Interactivity Options: Your students will be in conversation with an Academy Sustainability Scientist via the teacher using a chat box to share their questions and comments.
Planet Earth is an incredible, and unique, place in our solar system. It is the only place that supports a diverse life system! Earth has been able to support and take care of life: plants and animals (including humans). So, how do we humans take care of Earth just like it takes care of us? Connect with Academy Sustainability Scientists who are studying just that question.
In this 1-hour program we will explore the innovation and ingenuity of individuals across the planet who are designing ways to support ecosystems and communities! Your 3rd-8th grade students will build and reflect upon their own ideas on impacts of one of the biggest impacts on Earth’s ecosystems - feeding all humans. Throughout the program your students will be challenged to design simple, personal solutions for minimizing those impacts while meeting the needs of humans, other plants and animals on our planet. By the end of the program they will have created their own Planet Hero Action Plan.
Specific challenges that students will design solutions for are: food choices, food waste, and packaging. For example, did you know that the number one thing that clogs landfills in the US is wasted food? Or, that it takes a half-of-a-football-field worth of space to feed just one person in the US? When you add all of those needs up, it’s easy to see why there is less space for important ecosystems that provide clean air, water filtration, and space for more living things.
Students will have the opportunity to ask Academy Sustainability Scientists about their curiosities regarding food production, environmental impacts, and designing solutions to these challenges.
To participate you must have the following technology available:
- Desktop, laptop computer, or tablet.
- Strong internet connection; a wired connection is preferable.
- An updated version of the free application Zoom installed on your computer or tablet.
- If you have a large class we also recommend having a projector and speakers.
Groups are limited to no more than 75 students and no more than 3 classes for a single connection.