Summary of the educational workshop dedicated to English Summer Camp2015 participants „Don’t give in electronic waste”

Target Group

Educational workshop ,,Don’t give in electronic waste” took part on the 11th of August 2015 during charity camp English Summer Camp 2015, that was held in Szarlota located in Koscierzyna District. 30 children in age from 9 to 14 years from – Gdansk Children’s Home, Family Children’s Home, Hospice Foundation, Gdynia MOPS, Sopot MOPS, Tczew orphanage – participated in the workshop.

The Campers were divided into 2 age groups. Each group took part in separate lessons about electronic waste that lasted 2 hours. The first team joined children in age  from 12 to 14 years, the second one consisted of younger children in age  from 9 to 11 years. During practical exercises, each group was additionally divided into 2 inner teams.

Workshop’s Goal

The main goal of  ,,Don’t give in electronic waste” was to provide knowledge about environment consequences of improperly disposed electronic devices and how to avoid them – to English Summer Camp 2015 participants. Furthermore we decided to shape children’s pro-ecological environmentally-friendly attitude.

Part 1 – theoretical issues

1. Introduction discussion about natural environment, ecology, protecting our surroundings. Participants in details explained how did they understand those phrases. Later children had an opportunity to talk about recycling process. Children became acquainted with recycling methods and places where people can segregate wastes. The camp participants found out what colors did dustbins have and what sort of wastes were dedicated to them.

2. Discussion named ,,What kind of electric and electronic devices do you know?”. Children’s task was to give some examples of electric and electronic objects. Each child obtained a next task to write out at least 3 electric or electronic devices. The participants listed also other electronic tools or devices which were often used by people at home, school, office, on the street, during camps or trips . All these objects can become electronic wastes.

3. Children found out how to recognize if a particular device is an example of electronic waste or not – in case that it’s not immediately obvious for kids on first sight. For each group the ,,crossed trash” symbol was presented. This symbol means: prohibited from disposing of garbage. After the presentation groups got a set of electronic devices to observe and explore. Their main task was to seek out a sign ,,crossed trash” on devices that were prepared for the workshop.

4. Children came to a conclusion that the best option to cope with electronic wastes was to fix devices. Thanks to that solution people can save not only environment, but also the money. If some objects are impossible to fix, broken devices can be given to shops  for instance.

5. Children listed some ,,Good advices in reference to electronic wastes” and various examples of  ways for limiting energy consumption. Kid’s conclusion was the fact that the best way to reduce energy consumption  was spending a free time outside rather than staying at home.

Part 2 – practice

All teams were obliged to prepare a poster which presented electronic devices, machines and ways for economic usage of them. After making the posters the teams presented their work results. Poster session was a conclusion of the workshop and kind of a knowledge summary of information that children got during the theoretical part of ,,Don’t give in electronic waste”. Participants obtained rewards – gadgets from company AURAEKO for their commitment and successful work.