Sustainthon Event

  • Location
    Morganville, New Jersey
  • Status
  • Age Level
    8 to 10 Years
    11 to 13 Years
  • Group Type
    Community-Based Program

The Problem

Get more children involved in tackling climate change and being more aware of the environment.

Our Plan

We plan to host a "hackathon" type event where groups of middle schoolers will pitch project ideas to help the environment. Our group, GreenTeens101, will implement the winning idea.

Themes Addressed

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    Climate Change
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    Project Ideas
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The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

It went well! We had two guest speakers. Our first speaker spoke about how other countries have implemented environmentally friendly infrastructure and how the US must learn from what other countries have done. Our second guest speaker spoke about the importance of composting and reducing food waste. We then had a short discussion of what we as individuals can do at home to promote environmentally friendly practices.

Through this project I/we learned:

I learned how much behind the United States is compared to other countries in being environmentally friendly.

What I/we might change:

We would definitely begin promoting our event earlier and to a larger audience. We were a little disappointed by the low turnout, so if we happen to do it again, we would definitely focus on getting more students to join.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

My favorite part of this project was watching the young middle schoolers discuss what they would do. They were super optimistic, saying, "We will cut out all plastic," though that may not be feasible.

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

Young students can be very attentive and focused if they are stimulated and will participate. We were worried that elementary and middle schoolers might get distracted easily, but surprisingly, they all participated and paid attention to the speakers.

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