Earth Day Wrap Up

Earth Day Wrap-Up 2010_Humberto Huerta
Project Name : Earth Day Wrap-Up 2010_Humberto Huerta
Description : Constructive evaluation of Earth Day participation.
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Describe (in detail) what you presented on EARTH Day. Be sure to describe your "hook," your activity, and your "wrap up" in enough detail that next year's groups will be able to use it and improve upon it.
The purpose of our Earth Day presentation was to teach elementary school students the necessity for sustainable living. We went about this by putting it into a simplistic perspective. Our main activity was designed to display tragedy of the commons in the form of overfishing. We did this by giving each kid a bowl of goldfish we then told them that their purpose was to use a straw (also provided by us) and suck as many goldfish up through the straw and place them outside of the bowl, We gave them a minute to do so. After the minute was up we replenished their bowls with goldfish (except this time alot fewer then before). After a second (but much shorter) round nearly every child would find that they had no goldfhish left in their bowls. We used this as our hook. Explaining that a similer thing is happening in our oceans except with real fish (obviously) after they saw the effects of unsustainable overfishing. We then linked this to our next activity which was meant to show unsustainable living in everyday aspects of life that applied more to them. Each child recieved a blank footprint. After we asked them a question (depending on how they answered) they where told to color in a toe for each question. After the activity those who were living more sustainably had more colored toes then the rest. While allowing them to color in the rest of their footprints we explained to them the necessity for sustainable living and things they can do to live more sustainably. Letting them leave with their goldfish and decorated footprints we told them to use these as a reminder to live more sustainably (well mostly the footprints for the goldfish were eaten in a matter of seconds :).
Please describe in detail suggestions you have for improving your presentation if it were to be done in the future.
I believe we did an excellent job connecting with the children, and getting our message at a simplistic yet understandable level. While more facts about how living unsustainably may improve the presentation. I believe that the simplicity of our presentation is what ultimately made it work at this level. In saying that every mind is its own universe and a more factual and complex presentation could both improve and hurt the presentation depending on the audiance.