Report of the educational activities at the English Summer Camp 2018

As every year, the Auraeko company supported the English Summer Camp. It is a charitable initiative of the Project Management Institute Poland Chapter, Gdańsk Branch, addressed to children from orphanages, foster families and families with a low financial status. Its purpose is to organise a summer, two-week camp during which children have the opportunity to learn English, build a strong sense of self-esteem and ability to work together in a peer group. This year’s edition of the Camp took place in Szarlota near Kościerzyna in Pomeranian voivodeship on 23.07-5.08.2018.

One of the main events of each Camp’s programme is a workshop dedicated to electrical and electronic waste recycling. The aim of the workshop is to increase awareness of threats to our environment from wasted equipment of everyday use, including electrical and electronic equipment and batteries, as well as develop proecological attitude based on treating and recycling old electrical and electronic equipment. In order to lead effective workshops, children were divided into two groups according to their age, 8-10 and 11-14 year-olds.

The workshop started with a discussion about what electrical and electronic equipment children know, how to understand recycling process, how and where waste should be sorted. They gave examples of electrical and electronic equipment that are staying in the room, such as a light bulb, projector, computer etc. Children were divided into four groups, each group chose one room in a house, such as bathroom, kitchen, living room, playroom. Their task was to discuss among their group what devices are usually kept and used in these rooms and draw the greatest number of electric devices that came to their minds.

Children learnt how to recognise an electric device when it is not so obvious. Each group received different types of electrical equipment, their task was to find on each device a symbol of a crossed out bin, which means that the particular object cannot be thrown out to a regular bin.

Children enjoyed the most a task of drawing a lifecycle of an electrical device from its design, creation, purchase, usage, breaking down, repairing, until it becomes an electro waste.

At the end, each group received points for work done together and prizes: sweets, leaflets, reflective bands, notebooks and pens, all packed into eco carry bags provided by the AURAEKO company.