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
November 3, 2012
Early on this blustery Saturday, a group of bleary-eyed OLEEPers met at Aaron’s dorm to walk over to Brown’s football stadium, arriving early enough to see the team arrive and get inspired by the pump up music blaring from the locker room. Aaron, Allison, Hannah, Jenna, Jeremy, Lauren, and Tanya spent the day working the concession stands, assembling and wrapping hot dogs (hand crafted!), carrying trays of food and beverage dispensers, sharpening our mental math skills working the registers, ladling out meatball subs, crafting alluring displays of candy, advocating that people drink Providence’s great tap water instead of buying bottles from us (we are an environmental leadership program after all), and making friends with little kids who told us our hot cocoa was “so chocolatey!” Working from warm up to clean up, we each made a day’s wage that we are donating to OLEEP, which we DOUBLED by asking the generous football fans for donations! All things considered, it was a pretty awesome day. Oh, and Brown beat Yale 20 to nothing, not that we saw any of this happen, hanging out in our concession booths all day and all, where the real action happened, clearly.
-Jenna Steckel ’13
October 20, 2012
Aaron, Abby, and Hannah kicked off our first fundraiser of the semester. Brown University Dining Service offers Group Staffing days for student groups at Brown to work a shift either at the Brown Stadium or The Gate to raise money for their group. We had the chance to work during the Brown vs. Cornell football game where Brown won 21 to 14. We worked on the visitors side and served an assortment of food and beverages to customers. Resources like this at Brown help OLEEP to continue its work at the Met while providing opportunities for mentor bonding and informal program discussions, not to mention the experiences of learning new skills like how to make change for $20, how to make a “maet ball sub,” and how to talk about Brown’s happiest students to Cornell parents!
We cannot wait to do this again on November 3, 2012. Look out for another update!
-Aaron Reyes ’13