Eighth grade students completed presentations Friday tackling global issues including poverty, energy consumption, gender inequality, and other United Nations Sustainability Goals - all with the hope of improving their community and the world.
Panels of students made interactive presentations in small groups around campus, and received faculty feedback on how the eighth graders could take their lessons learned and, in turn, teach them to groups of sixth and seventh graders later in the school year.
The capstone presentations are designed to provide collaborative, problem-solving experiences for the students to apply knowledge and skills they have acquired and practiced throughout the year.
Friday’s goals were to identify and research a global issue from a list of 17 identified by the United Nations in global goals for sustainability, and then to design an experience for sixth and seventh graders to help them understand the complexities of the issue.
Sample proposals in Friday’s presentations included: Launching a residential program for individuals seeking to emerge from poverty, which the students entitled “Harbor House;” creating an educational nonprofit entitled Energy Education for All to raise awareness of ways to conserve energy at home; and engaging middle schoolers in an interactive discussion of gender inequality issues.