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Choose to have your students interact on camera ($35) in conversation with Academy Sustainability Scientists or choose to have your students interact via the teacher using a chat box ($10) to share questions and comments from the students.

April 21, 2017: Celebrate Earth Day with us! Students will take on the role of being Planet Heroes as they are challenged to design and implement solutions to benefit wildlife, ecosystems, local and global communities through one surprising avenue - our food systems!

What to expect on April 21, 2017

This program is designed for 3rd-8th grade students, and is repeated at 9:30am and 11:00am Pacific Time.

Planet Earth is an incredible, and unique, place in our solar system. It is the only place that supports a diverse life system! Earth has been able to support and take care of life: plants and animals (including humans). So, how do we humans take care of Earth just like it takes care of us? Connect with Academy Sustainability Scientists who are studying just that question.

In this 1-hour program we will explore the innovation and ingenuity of individuals across the planet who are designing ways to support ecosystems and communities! Your 3rd-8th grade students will build and reflect upon their own ideas on impacts of one of the biggest impacts on Earth’s ecosystems - feeding all humans. Throughout the program your students will be challenged to design simple, personal solutions for minimizing those impacts while meeting the needs of humans, other plants and animals on our planet. By the end of the program they will have created their own Planet Hero Action Plan.

Specific challenges that students will design solutions for are: food choices, food waste, and packaging. For example, did you know that the number one thing that clogs landfills in the US is wasted food? Or, that it takes a half-of-a-football-field worth of space to feed just one person in the US? When you add all of those needs up, it’s easy to see why there is less space for important ecosystems that provide clean air, water filtration, and space for more living things.

This program is designed to be interactive in nature!

Students will have the opportunity to ask Academy Sustainability Scientists about their curiosities regarding food production, environmental impacts, and designing solutions to these challenges.

Groups are limited to no more than 75 students and no more than 3 classes for a single connection.

 

Chat Box Option: $10/connection

Students get to see and hear the Academy expert, and enter comments and questions into a text-based chat window. To participate you must have the following technology available:

  • Desktop or laptop computer (NOT an iPad, tablet or Chromebook).
  • Strong internet connection; a wired connection is preferable.
  • An updated version of the free Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer.
  • If you have a large class we also recommend having a projector and speakers.
On-Camera Option: $35/connection

Students get to be on camera and talk directly with the expert to ask questions and share their ideas. To be an interactive on-camera participant you must:

  • Schedule a free technical check-in to make sure your connection is smooth on the day of the program.
  • Get signed media releases from each student who might be on camera.
  • Have at least 8 students in your group.

Additionally, you must have the following technology available:

  • Desktop or laptop computer (NOT an iPad, tablet or Chromebook)
  • Strong internet connection; a wired connection is preferable.
  • Webcam and microphone to use during the program.
  • An updated version of the free Adobe Flash Player installed on your computer.
  • If you have a large class we also recommend having a projector and speakers.

Can't connect with us on Friday, April 21, 2017? Check out our rainforest virtual program, Rainforest Meals: Adaptations for Eating or Sharks, Rays and their Lagoons.

Grades: 3rd Grade - 8th Grade
Program Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $10.00
Time Slots: 9:30 am, 11:00 am