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Earth Day

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April 22



Offer participants access to Smithsonian-selected resources for Earth Day and engage audiences in experiential learning.


Desired outcome

Increase of 30% of student participation in Resource Center activities that aim at broadening the base of support for environmental programs.


Target audience

  • Bi-National centers´ students
  • Students at other public and private schools or institutions
  • Teachers/ Trainers
  • Community Members


1 2015 - [LAS] Earth Day


 Key activities


Before the program – What’s on Earth?

This first activity should arise potential audiences’ curiosity, and it should begin on the second week of March.

Project images of Earth taken from space availableonhttp://www.overv.eu/top10/and invite participants to guess what it is. Next to the images, display posters informing audience of the upcoming program for Earth Day and invite people to suggest activities to observe Earth Day. Use this video to engage your audience before the program.https://animoto.com/play/vYK1eqCoqnVcZQoTNnY08g


During the program

All the activities were taken from the document: Smithsonian  programming ideas and repurposed to cater for participants of different age groups and English proficiency levels.


Activity one - Digital Eco-poster Design Event

America’s Most Wanted Eco Graphics

This video from Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum has a group of young designers design an eco-poster in real time; the Smithsonian programming ideas suggest BNCs use the video as inspiration for their own eco-poster design event. However, the video is too long, and the language used is too advanced to be used with a wide number of students or community members. To tackle these issues and make sure we run a successful program, content should be repurposed.

You may play an adapted version of the video that uses simpler language and relies a lot on imagery. https://animoto.com/play/crc2nYy65x5bQMi80PCudQ



Have students watch the video and look at posters mentioned in the video to inspire them to design their own posters. On the same wall, write some design tips to help people understand concepts of poster making design. See details here.

Have students create their digital posters and submit their work to school’s social media site.

Suggested apps and webtools:


iOS - https://www.canva.com/   https://itunes.apple.com/br/app/phoster/id396306670?mt=8

Android - https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.afrogleap.elsevier.piyp

Phoster - https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/phoster/id396306670?mt=8

Check a tutorial here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlqJ0Pmcq-Y


Activity two - Photography contest - Take Action against Climate Change

Give participants rich input by projecting the 1970 photograph that became an instant environmental classic published in the Smithsonian magazine. You may also use photos on thewebsitefrom Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on tangible steps to fight climate change; stop invasive species; reduce pollution.

Challenge participants to take a picture to illustrate how people could take action against environmental threats, or call people’s attention to environmental issues nowadays.

Run a photography contest in school social media platforms in April as a way to observe Earth Day.


Activity three - Make Your Own Ecosystem

Ecosystems on Edge Series of videos from Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on climate change and its impact on ecosystems is an interesting resource to use. Project some of the videos on the resource center`s wall. To add a little bit of hands-on activity to your programming, set a table for people to make their own terrariums.  

Light Bulb Terrariums  http://www.ikea.com/ms/en_



Activity four - Ocean Trash: Marine Debris from Shore to Sea

This activity uses aBlog post and a video from National Museum of Natural History on ocean pollution to explore the concept of how to reduce human impact. Display the blog post on the wall, and the following questions:

  • What details do you notice in this post or video?
  • If you could create a title/caption for this video, what would it be?  
  • What small changes can you make to your workplace/school to fight pollution?


Engage participants with hands-on activities.

Place some of the items on the video (plastic bags, plastic bottles, foam, corks, etc.) and invite participants to make something to decorate the Resource Center for Earth Day.


 Suggested ideas for the tinkering/hands-on/STEAM activity



Activity five - Why Design Now: Z-20 Concentrated Solar Power System. Video from Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum on solar technology processes and efficiencies.  

Make your own wind generator http://www.instructables.com/id/Wind-Powered-USB-Device-Charger/?lang=pt





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