Blog Post #2 – The Ultimate Plastic Quiz show and the Plastic animal challenge!
Hello and welcome back everybody! This is now my second blog post. I am very excited to tell you what we did this unit, as my group and I did a very special project. Our Unit this time was again about plastics. Although this time we got to choose what we would do as a project. I was working in a group of three, with Simon and Evren. In this second part of the plastic unit, our goal was to design something related to plastic.
We started our project by empathizing what we wanted to do. We used sticky notes to write down ALL thoughts we had to mind (which was a huge load). In the beginning, they were very random and didn’t make much sense but as we wrote more ideas down we started getting good qualitative ideas. At that point, we started categorizing the sticky notes into 3 categories: FIS Parents, FIS Students, and FISW Students. Later on, we had many ideas, so many we had to start taking out the ones which we didn’t like or couldn’t achieve. Here is how our planning looked like before we arranged them into different categories:
This is how it looked after we made categories and removed the ideas which we didn’t need:
Later on, we combined two different ideas to define a problem statement (our final idea, which we would work on for the next couple of weeks): How might we introduce key problems with plastic to 3rd-grade class? Using a gameshow and building art from plastic that promotes better recycling. Then Evren and I came to the idea that we could go to FISW, as we ourselves where former students there, and we would really enjoy working with one of the teachers. We also got this idea as FIS and FISW rarely work together, especially with students from both campuses. So we thought it would be a good idea to work with them. We chose to educate 3rd-grade students as they will have a unit about plastic later on in the year. In general, we chose to educate young students as they could then have this knowledge that pollution is awful and they should not contribute. Our goal was to teach the students about how plastic affects marine animals, what happens when we throw plastic in the water, what happens to our properly recycled plastic and what plastics can get properly recycled.
We then all decided to make an art project with the children, where we would build marine animals out of plastic, which we have recycled. Later in the design process, we evolved the idea many times. At first, we just wanted to make plastic figures. Then we wanted to make riddles, which the kids had to solve to get the plastic, with which they would later be able to build their animals out of. Although this, later on, got changed AGAIN into our final idea, which was doing a plastic quiz show. This was probably the only big failure we had in this project as we re-started doing our project 2-3 times.
We started off with 15 questions for the quiz show but later on were left with 8, as we thought 15 was too much for the little time we had. We gave the students 30 seconds to discuss each question in their group and then they had to stand up, which told us they were ready. Here are now a few pictures from our presentation:
When the day finally came to head off to FISW, we were all pretty excited to see the school and the teachers again. But we were also nervous, as we didn’t know if the kids would understand the questions or know the answer. Although… I think I was the only one having concerns, but… It turns out… they understood everything and knew a lot already about plastic! This was definitely not what we expected and our biggest success in this project. The feedback they gave us was also very positive, saying that the kids enjoyed every part of our presentation: the quiz show and the animal building. Here are now a few pictures and a video in which you can see/imagine how it was like:
Here is now a video of one of the teams receiving a point (where the kids were very happy about, as you might hear):
And here are the end results of all the plastic figures the groups had built. As you can see, we look very happy and the kids do, too!
To sum up my blog post a bit I want to tell you about what I noticed when working in my group this unit.
In this unit, we were really mostly working by ourselves coming up with an idea, which we would process later on. Our Idea compared to the other team’s ideas was VERY different, as our group chose to educate a group of 3rd Graders and the other groups made “objects” to improve recycling and encourage other students to do so. For our case, it was very important to plan out our idea and make a lesson plan, as otherwise, it would have been really chaotic… and because we did that, everything went very well. We had exactly planned out what we wanted to say, what we wanted to do and it was a big success. Next time to improve, we could have worked more focused, as in some lessons some of us (I’m not naming people…) where not that focused. Although these were only a couple of minutes and we quickly got back to work. We got together after school sometimes to discuss our presentation and practice our speeches to be prepared for our presentation at FISW, which was a big success. Our client Ms. Noble was very happy with it, saying we could come back again for another unit, which we will definitely consider!
I hope you enjoyed reading about the fun project we did at FISW!
If you have any further questions you can, of course, ask me! Thank you for reading and I’ll see you when I post my next Blog Post about our next Unit. See you then!