Our first STEM outreach activity with the students at Roosevelt Playground was held on Thursday, February 19, 2015 and covered the broad topic of the environment. After an icebreaker activity for us to get to know each other, the kids colored pictures of the environment and we discussed together. The ice breaker was aimed to last approximately 15 minutes, but with the amount of children (nearly two dozen) and love of talking, approximately 20-30 minutes were spent with initial bonding with the students.
The first prompt was, “What the environment means to you and why you think it is important”. Some children presented their pictures for the group and many pictures depicted scenes from nature, such as flowers, grass, etc. Our discussion point was that environment doesn't have to be a natural thing, but is simply the area surrounding us such as a classroom, school building, and the like.
The second prompt given to the students was “What are some problems that may exist in your environment?” Many students drew pictures of oil spills, pollution and littering and we discussed some possible resolutions.