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  • Lorelle VanFossen 12:05 pm on September 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: automotive, , chemistry, , , faculty focus, , , inspiration, math, nursing, price tags, projects, psychology, , tasks, , teaching ideas, techology   

    Clark Faculty Ideas for Garbology Projects 

    Thank you to all who attended the Garbology workshop sessions during the Faculty Focus event on September 17. It was exciting to hear all the amazing ideas in and around Garbology that instructors are considering for their courses this year and next.

    Price tags from coffee mugs as art - Clark College Faculty Focus Collaborative Art.

    Price tags from mugs and cups became artwork – Collaborative art project with hosts of Clark Collage Faculty Focus Day

    Here are some examples:

    • Chemistry: Determine the gases like methane and heat in a landfill and calculate what it would take to set it on fire or cause an explosion.
    • Automotive: Increase student awareness of oils and toxic chemicals and metals in engines and the fact that Pacific Northwest orcas are dying from runoff from parking lots and brake pads and car washes, noting that the local Kaddy Car Wash facilities recycle their water.
    • Acting/Theater: They will be doing a 24 hour theater project from concept to production with an emphasis on garbology this year.
    • World Languages: Various uses of garbage around the world and their efforts.
    • Human Development: Career choices in garbage, trash, and their passion for garbage learned in classes using Garbology data and projects.
    • Nursing: Teaching students about the vast quantities of waste generated in hospital and care facilities, learning why as well as where it comes from and where it goes, and how they can help change the system.
    • Nursing: Soliciting hospitals and medical facilities for past expiration date products for student training use, then recycling or properly disposing of the materials so the hospitals can reduce their trash handling costs.
    • Math: Teaching students to read charts, graphics, and understand statistics.
    • Math: Using math, symbols, and English metaphors to represent the statistics and numbers such as “One out of every six big trucks in the US is a garbage truck. Their yearly loads would fill a line of trucks stretching halfway to the moon.”
    • Math and Science: Research the timeline from the data from the book to study the evolution and cultural development of garbage.
    • English: There were many ideas on metaphors, similes, comparative analysis, research, and argument possible with garbology.
    • Business: Incorporating the moral and ethical practices of waste management related to office papers, chemicals, etc., as well as exploring the economy and industry of trash.
    • ESL: Encourage students to share the story of trash and recycling from their countries and cultures.
    • Computer Technology: Not every class will find a connection, and web technologies is a difficult one, though some of the instructors are exploring the subject of e-waste, which represents 2% of America’s trash in landfills and equals 70% of overall toxic waste. And the WordPress class will be helping with the campus-wide sites supporting faculty and students on the subject.
    • Psychology: Hoarding, OCD, and other compulsive disorders that revolve around trash and cleanliness are being considered.
    • Sociology: The culture around our trash opened up many possibilities to explore.
    • Art History: Not just the history of using garbage and “found objects” in art, but the use of garbage as inspiration and creation.
    • Graphic Design: Garbage in art and garbage art, and influence of design in packaging, including recycling materials in products and packaging.

    These are just the tip of the landfill of ideas that came out during the four sessions and throughout the day. We’d love to have you share your ideas here or on the other posts labeled “Discussion.”

  • Lorelle VanFossen 11:30 am on September 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bees, campaigns, cell phones, cleanup, do something, garbage campaigns, , parties, projects, , social, trash campaigns, youth   

    Inspired by DoSomething.org Trash Campaigns 

    Do Something is a non-profit organization designed to work with young people to inspire and motivate them to social change and activism. There are about 2.8 million members participating in cause-based campaigns.

    Collection of images from Do Something campaigns on garbage and recycling activities.

    Many of their campaigns are associated with garbology. These might inspire you to involve your class in Do Something campaign or create their own with Do Something as a platform for their garbology projects.

    You never know where an idea may come from and Do Something kids have some great ones.

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