Below you can find a project proposal for our science 9 class that ties in our solution fluency COL work.
(The presentation posted above was one that my group made at the beginning of this project. It was one where we explained all of our hopes and dreams. Even though a few of those dreams were not accomplished, many were and I could not be prouder).
As I reflect on our project over these past two months I see the work and dedication to this project. Even though our final product did not include a solar powered flashlight or a water filter, I truly believe we made up for it with our favourite kid books and journals that would have kept us busy for weeks. Kits for kids is really about giving back and realizing how fortunate I am. Some kids in this world never got to experience a favourite stuffy or a stack of classic kid books like I did when I was a kid. This was an opportunity for me to change that. My group and I put together many different items that will go to a child or a group of children in Columbia. Found below is more information about our final product and just how much we have learned throughout this expirenece.
What at is truly included in our kit:
The Four D’s (Define Dream Deliver Debrief)
Define : What is the challenge you have been given?
The challenge we were given was to think and or research a problem that our world is facing. We were tasked with coming up with possible solutions for the problem and thinking out all of the steps (ie Who will this initiative task help? Where in the world is this invitation the most crucial?). My group is called Kits for Kids, which is exactly the goal and idea behind our solution. After chatting with the girls in my group we realized how fortunate we are. We remembered that there are kids in this world that don’t have clean water or electricity and that is where our brainstorming began.
Dream : What initiative ideas do you have about how this problem could be solved?
A chat with a young man from Tanzania really sparked an idea for myself and the three other girls in my group. This young man (named Saul) had to charge his computer at school along with his phone just so that he could Skype us for less than an hour at his home later that night. His phone worked as his flashlight while his computer gave a blurry but recognizable video and worked as a source of communication. From there, the girls and I fledged out our ideas. I started by suggesting a solar powered flashlight as it was similar to a project I was involved in last year. From there the girls spoke about making a kit that included a flashlight and possibly a filtered water bottle that we could send to refugees. After some planning and realization that we did not have the time nor the materials to create these objects, we took our project in a different direction. Instead of making this a survival kit, we went more in the direction of making it a kit of our favourite things from when we were young. This kit will be sent to Columbia this summer with a church group that I have taken part in. Our hope are that this kit goes to a child or is shared among many children and puts a smile on their faces.
Deliver : How will you publish and package your information?
The information we have collected has been posted in a power point which is found above. Our plan outline and the kit contents can be found within the presentation aswell and with hope, we will have an update from the kids when they receive the kit this summer. As for the actual packaging and sending of our project, I have already mentioned that the kit will be going to Columbia. To explain further, the kit will be sent to an organization called Sohalis which is also run by family members of the church group. We are so excited to hear about the adventures with the toys, see the drawings from the journals and pencil crayons and ultimately see the grins on their faces. Pictures from the organisation may be found on Sohalis’ instagram account or sent to me personally which I would be more than happy to share (seeing we get permission from the sender).
Debrief : How did the process go?
This is one of my favourite projects I have done thus far. Not only did we learn about possible ways to create water filters or solar powered flashlights, but we actually got to make a real difference. Seeing we had more time, I am sure we would have been able to figure out a solution for the water filter and solar powered flashlight projects along with being able to create more than one kit. Even though the semester is ending it certainly does not mean that this project has to. I believe we could carry this project on for years to come, growing the success rate year after year. I cannot wait to put this kit on a plane and continue growing this idea in the future.