Sustainability Superheroes blog
Using Decision-making and Entrepreneurial Thinking
In this series, we will feature teachers who are infusing sustainability lessons and practices into their classrooms. In our first story, we interviewed Ms. Stacie Watson, an elementary educator from Hillsborough County Public Schools in Tampa, Florida.
Last Summer, Stacie Watson attended a professional development session on how to create a maker space in your classroom. The problems with traditional maker spaces is that they can get expensive, especially if you buy some of the pre-made kits. How can you do this without breaking the bank? Stacie was able to protect her pocketbook and the environment at the same time, and it was amazing. Think about it. You have a lot of resources in your house. What do you normally throw in the garbage or recycling that can be used again?
Once she got it started, the kids took over. They would regularly come in with piles of beautiful junque (that's fancy for junk). If you buy it, it usually gets thrown away. But when when they bring something in, they start thinking about how they can reuse things again and again. Much of what Stacie does is based in grade-level standards in science. In addition, she provides activities that review previous standards.
Designing the maze.
During this activity, Stacie instructed the students to create a maze for Students used a yard stick to make their grids for measuring. The requirement for the mouse to go in the maze was 5X5 inches. Science, they were including the food chain: predators of the mouse and food that the mouse would eat. They used cereal boxes and paper towel rolls to create their mazes.
How can you feature recycled items in your maker space?
1) for student use
2) once they create or invent a good, how can you use it in your classroom?