Ready…Set….Go! EcoStars Challenge Begins!
There is an exciting new program starting at Green Venture this fall: the 2016 EcoStars Challenge! We have received many comments from teachers that they would love to have eco-activities that they could do back in their school community. In response to that, we are launching the EcoStars Challenge. The idea is for classes to take on these Challenges (there are 33 to choose from) and complete them at school. All the Challenges centre around the issues of climate change, and have been divided into 5 themes:
Get Growing, Move It , The Arts, Recycle That, Energy Wise
In order to encourage classes to take on Challenges, we are offering seven (7) grand prizes, thanks to the support of Clean Air Hamilton. Winning classes will be able to choose one (1) of the following grand prizes:
- a 2 hour school tour to EcoHouse (transportation included)
- a class visit from Green Venture staff, to set up a classroom composting worm bin (all supplies provided)
- the smoothie bike in your class for a week, set up and training by a Green Venture staff (recipes & ingredients kit provided)
To get started on the Challenges, all you need to do is visit greenventure.ca and click on our “EcoStars Challenge” tab. You can read the complete rules, and look through the Challenges. Then your class can choose a Challenge, and off you go! When completed, simply go back to the website and fill out a completion form. The more Challenges your class completes, the better your chance of winning a free school tour!
I am really excited to see which Challenges classes take on: will students want to map the native trees at school? Will they choose to host an Earth Hour event? Will they decorate their class with recycled items? Will they create blackout poetry? Will they read a great book about being eco-friendly?
As each Challenge is completed, we will be posting their success (i.e. photos, video, art, written reports) on the “EcoStars Wall of Fame” as well as the Hamilton Climate Change Map. Be sure to check back often to see what changes are being made by the students across Hamilton!