1. My overall thoughts on this project are mostly positive because this gave us the opportunity to explore and further deepen our understanding of a topic of interest. This project was very self-driven and more freedom was given compared to the past. This was helpful because there were minimal restrictions to what we wanted to research and what media to create, however, the freedom also meant needing to manage our time well.
2. While working on this project, the most interesting discoveries were the ones that went against popular beliefs. One being to some extent, too much CO2 will shrink plant’s stomata, hence unable to absorb CO2 to cool global temperatures–trees are not long-term solutions. The Maldives was always brought up as a key example of the consequences of the rising sea levels; at the time it seemed very distant, but little did I know, the Maldives will disappear in only 30 years. These discoveries made me realize that climate change is happening faster than I had initially believed and that people need to make a change.
3. The most challenging part of this process was researching possible solutions. By choosing a system, I needed to understand a complex process of how sewage waste was treated to be used as energy, made to fertilizers and purified to clean water, as well as how to make students and faculty members care about this issue.
4&5. The most powerful and most important learning moment was the realization of how climate change will affect my life and how fast things have progressed over the years.
6. Nothing in particular got in the way of my progress; however, time management is very important. It’s best to set goals for each class or each week to make sure not to fall behind with uncompleted work.
8. From this entire process, I’ve learned my greatest strengths was creating media which I discovered through getting compliments on my infographic and system poster. My biggest area for improvement is to pitch my issue and solution to a wider range of peers, rather than focusing on MS to HS students and adults because during presenting, there was ES student.
9. If I were to approach the same problem again, what I would do differently is to present my issue and solution in a way that attracts both younger and older audience groups. But looking at the project as a whole, I’d wish I had managed my time better.
10. The moments I was proud of my efforts was when I received compliments on my media because it showed that the time I spent working on them was worth it. Another moment was the presentation day where a lot of the presentations gradually became a conversation where insightful questions were asked which made the whole process more enjoyable.