Media 1: Infographic
Media 2: Sticker
#WaiBYE event planner:
1. Now that it’s over, what are my first thoughts about this overall project? Are they mostly positive or negative? Be specific
At the start, I had mostly negative thoughts about this project, as I misunderstood the prompt and believed we were expected to actually hold an event or change a system. I believed this was too idealistic and was impossible for us to do in the span of a month. As time went on, as I understood the project, I grew to like it and even began looking forward to science class so I could work on it.
2. What were some of the most interesting discoveries I made while working on this project? About the problem? About myself?
Previously, I knew that global warming and climate change were problems we were facing in our world, but I didn’t know too much about the topics and assumed that what I, as an individual did would not harm or help the planet. However, after this project, I further understood why global warming was such a big problem, and how everyday actions contribute to the issue. I also realized that I had a big interest in the topic of environmental science, which actually urged me to change to ESS next year!
3. What were some of my most challenging moments and what made them so?
I think one of the most challenging moments during this project was trying to connect climate change to the topic of water pollution and marine deaths. I didn’t really understand the connection between the two topics, and it took a lot of research for me to realize that greenhouse gases in the environment (which causes climate change) is also one of the causes of water pollution.
4. What were some of my most powerful learning moments and what made them so?
My most powerful learning moment was when I learned that half of all marine life has died in the past 49 years. This really shocked me and actually motivated me to change my unsustainable habits.
5. What is the most important thing I learned personally?
I learned that my actions can actually make a difference. If everyone in my science class stops ordering Waimai, that’s 40 less plastic boxes that need to be produced per week (assuming we each order Waimai twice a week), and more than 2000 boxes that need to be produced per year. If we all take action and do small things like stop order Waimai or start carpooling more often, we can help improve the environment.
6. What most got in the way of my progress, if anything?
I tend to procrastinate quite a lot, so I did not do as much work as I would’ve liked, and had to finish both my medias and the event planner in around a week and a half.
7. If in a team, how well did I and my team communicate overall?
8. What did I learn were my greatest strengths? My biggest areas for improvement?
I learned that my greatest strength is definitely the ability to focus finish a hard task in a short period of time if I’m on a very tight deadline. The biggest area for improvement is procrastination, as it caused a lot of issues and a lot of cramming later on.
9. What would I do differently if I were to approach the same problem again?
I would definitely start researching and doing work earlier on, to lessen the workload later on during the project.
10. What moments was I most proud of my efforts?
I was the most proud of myself when I finally finished my infographic, as I had been perfecting and changing it for a while. When I was finally happy with how it looked and the content it had, I felt a lot of relief and pride.