Cyberchase: Green It Up Series 2

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Thursday July 14

12:00 PM  –  2:00 PM

Presented by PBS Western Reserve In-person – OH WOW! 15 Central Square, Youngstown, Ohio 44503 

July 7th & July 14th

Cyberchase. Green It Up is designed to inspire an appreciation for nature, build STEM skills, and help kids feel empowered to be environmental stewards. Cyberchase. Green It Up includes hands-on modules designed to help students explore the environment, build critical thinking skills, and take action in their communities.
Each module focuses on one environmental topic and contains an Explore activity (an experiment or craft) and a Get Outside activity (a type of “field trip” to explore the concept in an outdoor setting). At the end of each module, students are challenged to use what they’ve learned to green up their communities.

Session 1 (2 hours)  to cover modules:

  • Pollinators - Pollinators, like bats, butterflies, and bees, are animals that help to  spread pollen from one plant to another so that more plants can grow. They are necessary for growing many fruits and nuts that we eat like almonds, cherries, bananas, avocados, tomatoes, and grapes, as well as most kinds of flowers. Today, many pollinators are losing their habitats (places where they live).

  • Flower Gardens - Flower gardens are not just beautiful places to enjoy nature, they also create food and homes for insects and other animals. Gardens also help to clean the air by changing carbon dioxide into oxygen for us to breathe. You can plant a garden almost anywhere, even in some unexpected places.

  • Fruit and Veggie Garden - You don’t need a lot of land or a complicated set-up to grow your own food. You can grow your own fruits, vegetables, and herbs in a  classroom, at home, or in a community garden. Growing your own food can help youmake healthy choices, save money, and help the environment. You can control what pesticides and chemicals you use (or don’t use!) and the amount of water you use, so that nothing is wasted. You are also making a green space that gives you oxygen and provides homes for insects and other animals.

Session 2 (2 hours) to cover modules:

  • Composting - When we throw food away in the trash, it goes to a landfill where it breaks down slowly, takes up space, and can release harmful methane gas. We can turn food scraps into new soil ourselves by composting. Composting is a process where tiny creatures, called microorganisms, help to break down food and other scraps safely outside of landfills to create healthy soil. Worms can help speed up the process!

  • Appreciating Nature - There are many benefits to spending time in nature. It is a great space for many fun activities, beautiful scenery to enjoy, a place to learn new things, and a peaceful experience to clear your mind. While you are out enjoying nature, you can show your appreciation by being respectful and taking care of natural spaces you visit, so that they stay healthy and safe for everyone to enjoy in the future!  

  • Big Finale - There is a lot that we can do to impact the environment. What issues are important to your children? Help them think about what they’ve learned and take the time to share with others things they can do to support and protect nature in our communities.