Archive for July, 2010

Brainstorming: Modes of Transportation

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Brainstorm a personal list of transportation modes.

Give 1 point for each idea. 2 points for every original idea. Even stilts count.

Winner with most points gets prize.

Prizes: Incentivize Brainstorming with Prizes

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Mini Football?
Nerf Basketball?

Question: Is there such a thing as Collective Intelligence?

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Or is intelligence purely an individual trait? Compare with sugar dissolved in water vs sand in water. When sugar dissolves, sweetness increases. When sand is put in water, it’s just sand in water (water gets displaced even).

How about Collective Wisdom?

Lesson: The Meaning of Sustainable

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

What does it mean to be sustainable?

Idea of sustainable agriculture. Crop rotation.

More modern idea of sustainable development (economics).

Extension to environmental protection and natural resources. Example of forests, trees and paper. Motivation to conserve paper. Also example of fishing (overfishing) and waste disposal (eg, landfill and today especially electronics disposal).

Difference between sustainable and green. Similarity in minimal impact.

Idea of sustainable leadership. Finding a leadership role that shapes, grows and matures (changes) with age and experience.

How can society be truly sustainable? It is constantly evolving. Plus there is the complexity of relationships.

Exercise: Egg Drop

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

There’s the Egg Drop contest, but maybe we can do an Egg Toss contest too.

Lesson: How to Save on Electricity Usage at Home

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

CFL and other fluorescent lighting, LED lighting, timers, motion sensors, windows, (sun-side) shaded windows – trees, smart window blinds, winter sun-facing windows, window glazing, sun tunnels, attic fans (less air-conditioning), ceiling fans, gas cookers, smart power bars/strips, better insulation, disconnect phantom power hogs, energy efficient appliances, air-dry clothes (wind energy), solar water heating, renewable energy, lighter wall paint


Lesson: Brainstorming – The Experience

Sunday, July 25th, 2010

Conduct a 30 minute brainstorming session. Then prioritize ideas and discuss how to create and who would use it.

Planning: What To Provide Each Student

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

Workmat (to define work area). Wipes (for cleanup). Whiteboard and whiteboard markers. Art paper for drawing exercises. Crayons. Notepad. Pens (not pencils), toolbox, scissors, string, tape, paper, cardstock, tissue, dental floss, glue, ice cream sticks, paper clips

Lesson: Food Chain and Bioaccumulation

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

A good environmental concept to employ in a lesson may be that of a food chain and how bioaccumulation in fatty tissue can transport environmental chemicals into organisms including people.


Exercise: Looking at Things Upside Down

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

One of the easiest perspective changes is to look at pyramids upside down. As an example of a pyramid, one could start by looking at a food pyramid.

A more relatable pyramid maybe a school structure or something where responsibility is involved. Another real world example is a company where ideas come from. Do they come from the tip or the widest end? Or can they can from throughout?