Video-Enhanced Activities for Going Green
Episode: Going Green
SciGirls invent a new use for recycled yogurt cups.
Izzie joins forces with Mackenzie and friends, putting a lid on school trash by inventing a new use for recycled yogurt cups. Three SciGirls perform a trash audit and create a classification system for the waste in their school cafeteria. They create a pie chart of their results and discover large quantities of #5 plastic yogurt containers, which are not recycled in their community. To reduce waste, the girls brainstorm, design, and engineer a new product using the #5 cups: seed starter kits filled with compost. The girls conduct market research on the seed starter kits and present their data to their local Recycling Association, learning in the process the role that science and technology can play in solving societal problems. Their two mentors also introduce them to careers in package engineering and waste management.
Episode Related Activities:
Additional Going Green Activity:
- Light Bulb Challenge (2.67M PDF)
Watch the full episode or select video clips.
- SciGirls Want to Know: Scientific Inquiry Process (1.13M PDF)
- The SciGirls Seven: Strategies for Engaging Girls in STEM (1.48M PDF)
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