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Marymount earned another prestigious certification. We were accepted into the European Blue Schools Network. There are currently only 5 schools in Italy. The recognition was awarded by the European Commission as part of their campaign #EUBlueSchools to challenge schools to explore connections to the ocean. The Network of European Blue Schools is an initiative of EU4Ocean, the European Ocean coalition that connects diverse organizations, projects and people contributing to ocean literacy and the sustainable management of it. To obtain certification schools must bring the ocean into the classroom, improve their understanding of it and develop a sense of responsibility towards our shared planet.

A multitude of threats like climate change, overfishing and pollution is putting our oceans at risk. All people on earth are connected to the ocean through what we eat and breath. The ocean is our planet’s life support system. 

Last year 3B students joined the challenge to become global agents for change and sustainability through project-based learning, collaboration and dedication. They participated in the Rethink Plastics Challenge, another free global education project launched by Take Action Global (TAG). This project involved inquiry to better understand plastics and how they are harmful, examine challenges and alternatives and create action plans for local environments. Because Italy is a peninsula our livelihood depends on our seas. 

“This project was truly inspirational and a unique opportunity for our students”, said Amy Bivin, Climate Action coordinator for Istituto Marymount and Ambassador of Italy for the Global Climate Action Project.  The students’ motto was: “You are never too small to make a big difference”. Every little action we take can make waves to save our seas!

https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/maritimeforum/en/node/6903

https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/atlas/maritime_atlas/#lang=EN;p=w;bkgd=1;theme=572:0.8;c=505394.8366192421,5597519.078938643;z=4

BACKGROUND INFO 

The Rethink Plastics Challenge involves a process of inquiry to better understand plastics, examine challenges and alternatives, and create action plans for local environments. It is designed to guide students in grades K-12 through an inquiry experience. The activities align with our current curriculum. The problem based process involves collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking. Each week there are 3 goals. The 1st step is a Pause and Notice: students take time to pause, reflect, and notice. They examine current conditions, beliefs, perspectives, and biases. The 2nd step is Explore Possibilities: they explore all ideas and seek out inspiration. Activities include research, interviews, and requesting feedback. The 3rd step is Design with Optimism: students build on ideas as they design for action. Here they experiment, study, and create! Week 1 History and Production Goal 1: Create a mindset of innovation and inquiry. (Empowered Learners) Goal 2: Better understand the history of plastics. (Timeline) Goal 3: Understand how plastics are produced today. Week 2 Considerations and Uses Goal 1: Begin to understand your current personal relationship with plastics. (Classes and Categories) Goal 2: Better understand the common applications of plastics. (Why we use them.) Goal 3: Use a circular economy model to address end-of-life considerations for plastics. (Challenges) Week 3 Solutions and Plan for Action Goal 1: Grab inspiration from humans (and worms) taking action for the planet. Goal 2: Use Life Cycle Assessments and Design Processes to better understand the Impact of Plastic Goal 3: Use the 8 Rs to RETHINK Your Own Impact For this final phase, students will work together to take the RETHINK PLASTICS CHALLENGE creating a plan to rethink plastics using the 8Rs in one environment (class, school, home, or community).


Un altro riconoscimento importante per la nostra scuola, che è entrata a far parte dell’European Blue Schools Network grazie ad una certificazione, conferita dalla Commissione europea, nell’ambito della campagna di sensibilizzazione verso gli oceani #EUBlueSchools.

Portare l’oceano in classe per comprenderne i meccanismi e immaginare nuove soluzioni per il futuro: questa è stata la sfida che ha visto coinvolti, lo scorso anno, gli alunni dell’attuale IVB i quali, guidati dall’insegnante Amy Bivin, Climate Action coordinator dell’Istituto Marymount e Ambassador of Italy for the Global Climate Action Project, si sono aggiudicati il prestigioso premio assegnato, ad oggi, a sole cinque scuole italiane.

Il Network è, infatti, un’idea di EU4Ocean, coalizione europea che comprende e connette differenti organizzazioni, enti e individui pronti a contribuire, in prima linea, all’alfabetizzazione sull’argomento.

Il percorso ha portato la classe ad approfondire e sviluppare i temi legati al mare quale supporto fondamentale per il nostro pianeta. All’insegna del motto “non si è mai troppo piccoli per fare una grande differenza”, l’ex IIIB ha partecipato alla Rethink Plastics Challenge, un ulteriore progetto educativo – a livello globale – lanciato da Take Action Global (TAG).

L’iniziativa prevedeva dei focus di approfondimento sulla plastica, su come incide nella nostra vita e nel mondo, su quali siano le possibili alternative e sugli atteggiamenti e le buone abitudini che possiamo mettere in atto per ridurre l’impatto sull’ecosistema.

Gli spunti forniti dagli studenti sono stati innumerevoli così come le proposte avanzate che, traendo ispirazione dal passato, si proiettano verso il futuro (come l’invenzione, ad esempio, di un robot per la purificazione dell’acqua).

Nel dettaglio la classe ha lavorato per gruppi confrontandosi e dialogando su cinque macro aree (Clothes, Entertainment, Food, Healthcare, Home) e individuando possibili soluzioni anche nell’uso di materiali più rispettosi dell’ambiente come il bambù.

Un cammino non solo teorico ma anche pratico, che ha condotto gli alunni a riflettere sull’economia circolare e ad adottare e stimolare, in se stessi e nella comunità, buone pratiche anche nello stile di vita quotidiano: dalla raccolta differenziata al riciclo creativo, dall’uso di bottiglie di vetro al riutilizzo delle confezioni delle uova, dalla shopping bag in stoffa – come sostituta delle buste della spesa – agli acquisti ponderati perché… : “You are never too small to make a big difference!”

A multitude of threats like climate change, overfishing and pollution is putting our oceans at risk. All people on earth are connected to the ocean through what we eat and breath. The ocean is our planet’s life support system. 

Last year 3B students joined the challenge to become global agents for change and sustainability through project-based learning, collaboration and dedication. They participated in the Rethink Plastics Challenge, another free global education project launched by Take Action Global (TAG). This project involved inquiry to better understand plastics and how they are harmful, examine challenges and alternatives and create action plans for local environments. Because Italy is a peninsula our livelihood depends on our seas. 

“This project was truly inspirational and a unique opportunity for our students”, said Amy Bivin, Climate Action coordinator for Istituto Marymount and Ambassador of Italy for the Global Climate Action Project.  The students’ motto was: “You are never too small to make a big difference”. Every little action we take can make waves to save our seas!

https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/maritimeforum/en/node/6903

https://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/atlas/maritime_atlas/#lang=EN;p=w;bkgd=1;theme=572:0.8;c=505394.8366192421,5597519.078938643;z=4

BACKGROUND INFO 

The Rethink Plastics Challenge involves a process of inquiry to better understand plastics, examine challenges and alternatives, and create action plans for local environments. It is designed to guide students in grades K-12 through an inquiry experience. The activities align with our current curriculum. The problem based process involves collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking. Each week there are 3 goals. The 1st step is a Pause and Notice: students take time to pause, reflect, and notice. They examine current conditions, beliefs, perspectives, and biases. The 2nd step is Explore Possibilities: they explore all ideas and seek out inspiration. Activities include research, interviews, and requesting feedback. The 3rd step is Design with Optimism: students build on ideas as they design for action. Here they experiment, study, and create! Week 1 History and Production Goal 1: Create a mindset of innovation and inquiry. (Empowered Learners) Goal 2: Better understand the history of plastics. (Timeline) Goal 3: Understand how plastics are produced today. Week 2 Considerations and Uses Goal 1: Begin to understand your current personal relationship with plastics. (Classes and Categories) Goal 2: Better understand the common applications of plastics. (Why we use them.) Goal 3: Use a circular economy model to address end-of-life considerations for plastics. (Challenges) Week 3 Solutions and Plan for Action Goal 1: Grab inspiration from humans (and worms) taking action for the planet. Goal 2: Use Life Cycle Assessments and Design Processes to better understand the Impact of Plastic Goal 3: Use the 8 Rs to RETHINK Your Own Impact For this final phase, students will work together to take the RETHINK PLASTICS CHALLENGE creating a plan to rethink plastics using the 8Rs in one environment (class, school, home, or community).


Un altro riconoscimento importante per la nostra scuola, che è entrata a far parte dell’European Blue Schools Network grazie ad una certificazione, conferita dalla Commissione europea, nell’ambito della campagna di sensibilizzazione verso gli oceani #EUBlueSchools.

Portare l’oceano in classe per comprenderne i meccanismi e immaginare nuove soluzioni per il futuro: questa è stata la sfida che ha visto coinvolti, lo scorso anno, gli alunni dell’attuale IVB i quali, guidati dall’insegnante Amy Bivin, Climate Action coordinator dell’Istituto Marymount e Ambassador of Italy for the Global Climate Action Project, si sono aggiudicati il prestigioso premio assegnato, ad oggi, a sole cinque scuole italiane.

Il Network è, infatti, un’idea di EU4Ocean, coalizione europea che comprende e connette differenti organizzazioni, enti e individui pronti a contribuire, in prima linea, all’alfabetizzazione sull’argomento.

Il percorso ha portato la classe ad approfondire e sviluppare i temi legati al mare quale supporto fondamentale per il nostro pianeta. All’insegna del motto “non si è mai troppo piccoli per fare una grande differenza”, l’ex IIIB ha partecipato alla Rethink Plastics Challenge, un ulteriore progetto educativo – a livello globale – lanciato da Take Action Global (TAG).

L’iniziativa prevedeva dei focus di approfondimento sulla plastica, su come incide nella nostra vita e nel mondo, su quali siano le possibili alternative e sugli atteggiamenti e le buone abitudini che possiamo mettere in atto per ridurre l’impatto sull’ecosistema.

Gli spunti forniti dagli studenti sono stati innumerevoli così come le proposte avanzate che, traendo ispirazione dal passato, si proiettano verso il futuro (come l’invenzione, ad esempio, di un robot per la purificazione dell’acqua).

Nel dettaglio la classe ha lavorato per gruppi confrontandosi e dialogando su cinque macro aree (Clothes, Entertainment, Food, Healthcare, Home) e individuando possibili soluzioni anche nell’uso di materiali più rispettosi dell’ambiente come il bambù.

Un cammino non solo teorico ma anche pratico, che ha condotto gli alunni a riflettere sull’economia circolare e ad adottare e stimolare, in se stessi e nella comunità, buone pratiche anche nello stile di vita quotidiano: dalla raccolta differenziata al riciclo creativo, dall’uso di bottiglie di vetro al riutilizzo delle confezioni delle uova, dalla shopping bag in stoffa – come sostituta delle buste della spesa – agli acquisti ponderati perché… : “You are never too small to make a big difference!”