What was your driving question?
What PBE principles were highlighted in this project?
Learner-Centered, Local to Global, Interdisciplinary, Inquiry Based
At the beginning of this project, students were asked to make posters with interpretive drawings of “water”. While every poster had unique art, the one commonality between them was that they all contained at least one drawing of a plastic bottle. This inspired teachers to guide their students in further exploring connections between water and plastic. By conducting surveys and visiting a local landfill, students learned about the usage of plastic water bottles as well as their environmental impact. Students also wrote letters to Fairview faculty members asking them to donate money towards building a water-refill station. By the end of the project, students had encouraged district members to donate enough money to install two water-refill stations in their school.
How did this positively impact community? How was it shared?
This project allowed students to view themselves as active members of their community who are capable of impacting change. Additionally, community members who spend time at Fairview school are now able to use the water-refill stations that were installed as a result of this project.