Intern Cosette Turvold Reports: 7/22/2016
I arrived at CBEC I was welcomed with the vast natural Chesapeake marshlands. Seeing what the Chesapeake Bay’s environment looked like without docks and on-the-water houses was eye opening. I could see why this place would be perfect for camps; it was essentially isolated in a hands-on fun environmental playground.
Meeting the campers allowed me to reminisce on who I used to be as a kid. I spent time for a few nights trying to perfect a lesson plan to fit real science into elementary school vocabulary and seeing it in action was even more rewarding. We were in a building that was completely open, allowing kids to see out across the water while doing activities at small tables. They all sat around a small fireplace and I introduced myself at the front. I asked some basic questions that the kids would come up with definitions and answers to, to see how well they knew about pollution and the change in our environment.
What is pollution? Where does pollution come from? What kind of pollution gets in water? I was pleased by the amount of kids who knew the answers to these questions… of course out of the three or four who were raising their hand every time.
Knowing I had to break the barrier between the outgoing kids and the ones that were shyer, I made an activity to try and include someone I had not heard from. A few nights ago I drew out the different steps of how run-off pollution gets in a water system on a white board, but out of order. I called on a quiet little girl to try and draw arrows to show the correct order. With success, she showed her fellow campers how run-off pollution gets in the water.
After this activity I talked to the campers about the “eighth continent”, a giant collection of pollution found in a gyre in the Pacific Ocean. They were very curious as to how there could possibly be so much trash that it is almost the size of the United States. “It probably weighs as much as a trillion school busses” was one of my favorite comments. We then talked about currents and why Greenland as melting, and what that would mean for the rest of the world. I asked the kids to draw pictures of what a healthy Arctic Tundra biome would look like. Many Igloos and stick figure polar bears were included.
Overall, it was a day of discovery at CBEC. The campers learned a lot, and I learned a lot from the campers. I will have the opportunity to go back and teach again in August, and I am looking forward to gaining another fun experience.
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