- Tell 11 year olds to clean their rooms and you get long faces, sighs, and often uncleaned rooms. (Impacts only the child and parent/teacher)
- Tell 11 year olds to go outside the school walls together (social) and pick up as much trash as possible to keep it out of the streams, rivers, and oceans and well, you get get kids exploding out the doors with energy, enthusiasm, and vigor. Say what?
- Separating trash into biodegradable vs. not, organic vs inorganic, plastics #1-#7, and more.
- Mass of trash
- Volume of trash
- Observe/note path of water erosion on property
- Set out a piece of trash and mark it. Plot where it ends up each day. What forces moved it there? Why did it go THERE and not elsewhere?
- Talk to school district and news reporters about findings
- Create PSA's
- Create a plan for keeping the stream in these woods clean year-round.
|Posing after trash pickup on day 1 out of 5 so far! (Went out 2 days in September and 3 in October so far.)|
|Coming up the hill and out of the woods with their haul! (September 2012)|
|Look at all the bags of trash in just 25-30 minutes. 2 barrels in one day. Look at the smiles; pride in helping and BEING a part of this activity.|
|Is it a TV or a monitor? LOL|
|The trash haul after the 1st two days (30 minute sessions) of trash pickup on school grounds; serving the school! Yes, there is that 1988 Commodore monitor. LOL|
|There's a helmet in here! (October)|
|They found a dented bat! They used this as a tool to pry a tire out of the ground.|
|Check out the tire the kids pulled out of the ground in the woods; first of 3 tires they've found.|
|Wow. Big haul.|
|Lots of plastic (that is made to be used once and then recycled or into landfills) and also metal mattress springs.|