On Saturday OLEEP ventured out to the wilderness of Lincoln Woods. After a bit of a rowdy game of “Ye-Ha” we embarked out into the woods. We made three pit stops to discuss how much geology ROCKS!! The first stop we talked about the different types of rocks and how they form. We commandeered some samples from the geo department and broke out into small groups and hypothesized possible methods of formation. Our second stop was a trip back in time (several billions years in time!) where we outlined the relative timescale and attempted to put the history of earth on a calendar year to better understand the relative timescale. We also then acted out the various types of tectonic plate boundaries and then applied that knowledge to see how that directly related to the topography of our world. Finally, we broke up into four small groups and discussed the cultural and scientific relevance of geology in our modern day. We discussed natural resources, water stability, climate change and seismology!
This week, Abby, Marina, and Lauren brought a little diversity into our workshops—biodiversity that is. Through fun true or false games and rotating stations, the workshop brought fossils back to life through conversation about the fundamentals of evolution and how fossils and lineage trees can map out life. We started our workshop with an open discussion about evolution and then broke out with crazy facts for both mentees and mentors to choose a side and discuss. Then we went straight into our fantastic stations—Survivor (a battle of whose animal was the fittest for survival), mapping lineage trees to use our knowledge to see evolutionary progressions, and fossil making to explain the importance of fossils. We finally wrapped up with adaptations we would make to best fit our own lives.
This week’s workshop was full of fun activities plus a sweet mini-field trip! The workshop started off with discussions between mentor-mentee pairs that introduced the topic of transportation and allowed mentees to look at the types of transportation and how they rank in terms of carbon emissions. After ranking the forms of transportation (and determining that biking is one of the most efficient and awesome), Ayme led part of the workshop and introduced us to her bike and took us to the bike shop. We returned to the MET and did rotating groups with three stations explaining alternative types of energy for cars (biofuels, electric, hydrogen). We did another small group activity and showed the mentees a video of an awesome future form of transportation—the Hyperloop! Each group then planned their own new transportation vehicle/system!
Marina and Melissa opened this workshop with an explanation of what the Hydrological (Water) Cycle is. The group was then broken into smaller discussion groups and listed how they use water in their daily lives. Then in the bigger group they posed the question, “how can you reduce your water consumption?” Then they presented a pie chart of how freshwater is distributed (70% Agriculture, 20% Industry, 10% Domestic). This was a good transition into discussing water pollution and agricultural runoff. The workshop ended with a small activity of testing 4 water samples (the Bay, tap water, bottled water, and the MET drinking fountain) for pH, nitrates, and phosphates.
This week was a short but sweet workshop. We started off serenading the mentees with a lill’l ditty introducing the theme and revving the students up for the workshop. We then discussed the different parts of the atom and had the various characters (i.e. protons, electrons, and neutrons) act it out. We then split into three smaller groups and demonstrated the states of matter. Finally we ended the workshop by explaining the concept of reactions with a short little experiment where were actually conducted the reaction in the class!
Makana and Jasmine facilitated their first workshop last week with an intro to climate change and the greenhouse effect. The OLEEP family took advantage of the beautiful October weather and played an exciting game of climate tag followed by calculating of carbon footprints!
OLEEP has won a grant through Brown Student Agencies.
The BSA: Inspire fund is a semesterly award available to student groups at Brown. The award aims to help create or advance programs or projects which benefit the Brown community. Visit their website here.
The BSA:Inspire grant will assist OLEEP in accomplishing two goals:
1) Sustaining backpacking and camping trips through equipment purchases and rentals
2) Providing educational field trip opportunities to connect workshop learning with environmental issues and programs throughout Providence and Rhode Island.
-Aaron Reyes ’13