Congratulations to BCS (Birmingham Covington School), the 5th grade students took second place in the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge.
The Challenge consisted of improving our environment, and that is something that everyone can contribute to. The students heard about the Challenge and wanted to help do something. The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge offers students the opportunity to make a sustainable change, using science, math, reading and language arts, all concepts and skills the students are required to learn. They were able to share their ideas and progress with other classes by posting them on the Challenge web site.
The 5th grade team came from Rick Joseph’s and Pauline Robert’s classrooms. The memebers of the team did some research and became concerned about the amout of trash generated by the school. They discovered that one years worth of filled trash cans was 5 times taller than the Empire State Building. The goal: reduce trash going to the landfill from BCS in order to make an impact on the plant. The children developed the “Trash Free Friday” program where parents were asked to pack a trash free lunch for their children on Fridays. This program was promoted through presentations, T-shirts and posters throughout the school.
Through the “Trash Free Friday” program the children saved 8,500 pounds of trash from going to the landfill.