Group 4: Inspire Change!

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY:  “Environmental sustainability involves making decisions and taking action that are in the interests of protecting the natural world, with particular emphasis on preserving the capability of the environment to support human life.”

The words that stand out in that statement for me are “take action”.  We have an opportunity to inspire change in others based on our work over the next two days.  Think about what inspires you and pass it along to others.  I’ll be communicating to all of you via Twitter with #stemgroup4

MONDAY

7:45-8:30 Group Meeting in the Auditorium (EVERYONE) – We will hear from Senior Livvy Evans, her definition of Environmental Sustainability as well as discuss the purpose of the project. 

8:30-10:45 Breakout Work in assigned large group areas (Location Assignments on Schoology)  – Your goal for this time is to Brainstorm, Research, and Reflect.  By 10:45, you should have tweeted out your choice of issues/topics for your project with the #stemgroup4.  No two groups can do the same issue/topic.  – Brainstorm, Research, Reflect:  Spend Monday morning researching Environmental Sustainability.  Read articles, watch TED Talks, read tweets from CNN, National Geographic, Fox News, BBC, etc.  Create a Google Doc and start sharing out with your group.  Reflect on what inspires you and what you care about.  But here’s the hard part, try and put yourself in someone else’s shoes that lives in a different environment than you.  What do they need?  How can groups like the World Health Organization and American Red Cross support them?  This is hard because it requires you to acknowledge what you have and what you may take for granted from their point of view.  The goal is to come up with ONE focused issue pertaining to environmental sustainability.  Here’s something to get you thinking: http://t4america.org/2014/05/02/four-senators-introduce-bill-to-help-finance-transit-oriented-development/

10:45-11:30 Group Meeting in Auditorium (EVERYONE) to discuss InfographicsExamples of Infographics can be found here (https://dasdstemhowler.com/2014/11/17/tech-tips-infographics-visually-representing-findings/).  You can use any program you want to develop the infographic.

11:30-12:23 Breakout Work in assigned large group areas (same locations as morning)You should still be researching at this point and digging deeper.  Ask yourself how you know what you’re reading to be true or untrue (Think about the ways of knowing from TOK).  Remember you are building an argument for why someone should change their habits or beliefs about your topic.  Dig Deeper:  Now that you’ve chosen an issue/topic, its time to dig deep and get to the heart of the matter.  What do others need to know about it?  What data do you have to inform your audience?  Who is your audience?  How will you inspire change in your audience to support the issue?  What changes do you hope to inspire?  Keep working in your Google Doc.  No idea is wrong.  Collect your facts (from credible sources, obviously) and your data.  Build your argument.

12:27 – 12:57 LUNCH

1:01 – 2:40 Breakout Work in assigned large group areas (same locations as morning) Put It All Together:  Now the fun part, expressing it to the world – literally!  Put this all together in an infographic and radio broadcast to share out via Twitter and shared with IB World Magazine.  We’re going to talk as a group about Infographics and also how to make a Radio Broadcast.  The specific elements of the final product will be discussed as a group on Monday.

TUESDAY:.
7:40-8:00 group Meeting in the Auditorium
8:00-10:45 breakout work in large group areas.
10:45-12:23 Finish up spreaker recordings in small group areas.

WHEN YOU ARE FINISHED YOU ARE TO SUBMIT YOUR INFOGRAPHIC BY EMAIL TO MR. SHEEHAN AT stemacadoffice@gmail.com.  I PLAN TO PRINT THESE OUT SO, PLEASE SAVE THEM AS PDF FILES.  I’M HOPING TO BLOW THEM UP TO POSTER SIZE FOR THE HALLWAY.

The header photo taken from:  http://www.sustainableconstructionservices.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Environmental-sustainability.jpeg

 

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