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The students of the EarthSavers club identified the use of single use plastic utensils during breakfast and lunch as an issue that needs to be addressed. The school distributes over 400-utensil packets everyday, which end up in the landfill or become trash on our campus. Our students want to develop a campaign that educates the school community about alternatives to single use plastic and why using less is important. They would also like to create a program that provides reusable utensils to students. Students would like to see a reduction of at least 80% of the use of the utensil packets. This data can be collected from the cafeteria manager. Fund raising and our Roots and Shoots mini-grant will provide the funds needed to start a pilot program that will provide reusable utensils to the students in 3-6 homeroom classes. These students would be given a before and after survey to collect information on the viability of the program that can be presented to school and district administrators.
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Gator fest is our largest fundraiser each year. It brings together families, staff and the community to raise money for our schools needs and occasional wants. We will hold this event on Saturday November 2nd and we will have inflatables, games, food, raffles and a silent auction.
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We will partner with our local Public Works Department to install "no dumping" markers on the storm drains with the most exposure and then move on to other areas.
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In order to combat environmental illiteracy and apathy, the Bioma program makes use of engaging hands-on activities, such as building a shrimp hatchery or surveying macro-invertebrate densities in a stream, rather than focusing on conventional lectures or textbook learning. We decided early on that the educational program throughout our schools should not involve our direct oversight, but rather allow local autonomy for students and teachers to incorporate local elements and choose how they would learn. By doing so, the program was able to nurture the students’ innate creativity and sense of responsibility, something that the rote memorization approach that characterizes many classrooms today would not have encouraged. The success of this approach can be seen in the student’s proactive approach towards designing and running their own projects; the fundraising, youth fishing programs, and stream surveys were all conceived and run by program graduates. The Bioma curriculum was designed to facilitate genuine interest and curiosity in material. Instead of quizzes and textbook readings, the Bioma approach encouraged classroom discussion, hands-on learning, and student autonomy. At environmental expos, the group held live demos of critters under microscopes and created a touch tank stocked with native species instead of a conventional powerpoint, while in classrooms, students are encouraged to build and shape things with their hands, something that most Bioma teachers have never recalled doing often in past courses. Through Bioma’s technical workshops, such as the virtual reality or disasters simulation project, students can craft and create their own projects based on interesting things they can discover, leading to an innate curiosity and better retention of the knowledge that will serve them for years to come.
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This project will allow students to examine wasted rain water locations on campus, research options to improve the use of this wasted water, as well as, design and implement functional environmental friendly solution on campus. Students will improve our garden experience by designing landscapes that harvest this excess rainwater.
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My project will inform the public about the negative environmental impacts of firearms and ammunition manufacturers. In order to do so, data will be collected from the ECHO EPA Database and will be analyzed in many different ways.
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Our school year is just beginning on September 2nd, so stay tuned!
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One of us has studied journalism, one has taken documentary-producing classes, some have lots of ocean knowledge, and others are eager to learn! We're going to outline a series of several videos we want to make, each highlighting a difference changemaker, and then experience the world of mini-documentary filming.
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This project will show students the engineering principles involved with flood control, screening for containments in water, and help students develop models to educate others in the community. The portable units can be used for student presentations at Douglas and Sarpy county events, serve as state exhibits, and be used in the 2019 Grades of Green Global Watewr Challenge to educate others internationally. The students will manage their own ecosystems they create plus contribute plant by products for the community programs of pollinator habitat creation and food security to the shelters.
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We will use microscopes and books to ask questions about the water and land we already know. Each of us will ask different questions so we may each get different ideas or answers from the project. That is good!

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