Completed Events

Spring Forward has reached 200+ students and has taught 32 lessons in just 6 months! 

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Newton Climate Justice March

Spring Forward had a table at Newton's Climate Justice and Racial Justice march on October 17th. People at the march came together to draw letters forming the message climate justice = racial justice. 

Shady Hill Middle School Assembly

October 13th, 2020

 

Spring Forward did a class for over 230 Shady Hill middle school students. Students learned about climate justice, listed to unique stories of high school students on the frontlines in MA, discussed the way media portrays the climate crisis vs how climate change should be portrayed, and thought about ways to take action. 

 

Fayerweather School

October 6th 2020

Spring Forward taught an online climate justice and climate lesson to 40 seventh and eighth grade students. They explored how wealth, health, and location can affect how hurt people are by the affects of climate change by thinking about different scenarios, looked deeper into why discrimination can affect people's wealth, health, and location, learned about climate policy, and finally discussed systemic and individual action through looking at a school setting which they could relate to. Students came out of the lesson with a plan to take systemic action to help stop climate change while addressing climate justice.

 

The Day For Tomorrow 

The Day For Tomorrow on October 4th is an online event of Sustain Our Abilities, which is composed of a group of volunteer professionals from around the world seeking to provide free resources and education for all persons living with disabilities. This year, Spring Forward collaborated with SOA on The Day For Tomorrow to give an interactive workshop outlining the connections between health and climate.

Health + Climate Workshop

Spring Forward taught a one hour interactive health and climate workshop for students ages 7 - 13 on The Day For Tomorrow.

 

Students used our worksheet to help make the workshop interactive and fun!

 
Summer 2020 Workshops
 
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Climate Change 101

June 24th, 2020

 

27 students came to our workshop on June 24th where they learned the basics of climate change through many interactive activities and different types of information sources. 

Snowy Mountain Peaks

Climate Justice

July 8th, 2020

 

23 students attended our climate justice workshop where they investigated what factors go into who is affected most by climate change with an interactive character scenario activity. Next students took it a step further by thinking about who in our society is more likely to have these "factors" making them experience the effects of climate change worse. 

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The Science Behind Climate Change

June 27th, 2020

 

15 students attended our workshop where they investigated weather maps, had conversations about the world around us, and learned about the greenhouse effect through creating a picture book together.

Deforestation Activity

July 11th, 2020

 

13 students came to our workshop where they learned about deforestation, its affects, and how trees are a crucial part of keeping the earth, people, and animals safe. Next  students saw first hand how deforestation stops erosion through a hands on activity involving growing, watering, and observing plants. 

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Oceans Rising Activity

August 3rd, 2020

22 students came to our workshop to learn the effects of oceans rising through a quick experiment demonstrating the differences land and sea ice have on sea level when they melt. They learned who is hurt most by oceans rising and why. Lastly, students thought about ways they could help stop oceans rising by taking actions to decrease their carbon footprint and take action to push systemic changes in our society.

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Renewable Energy

August 17th, 2020

 

23 students attended our renewable energy workshop where they learned all about "clean and dirty" energy, investigating the benefits and drawbacks to decide for themselves that we need renewable energy to help the health of our people, create new jobs, and create a sustainable planet. Students created a pitch for their favorite type of energy and finally learned what else they could do to ensure we have a better world.

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How YOU Can Help

August 5th, 2020

 

13 Students came to our workshop to learn about how they can help stop climate change. They reviewed the difference between actions pushing individual change and systemic change through a picture book, discussions, and a sorting activity. Next students dove into how they will strive to make a difference by planing when and how they would take actions that interested them. 

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Climate Justice Monopoly

August 19th, 2020

 

11 Students came to our climate justice workshop where they examined how different communities are disproportionately affected by climate change through a unique monopoly simulation. They discussed what factors went into who was affected most by the effects of climate change. Students also took it a step further and thought about how discrimination plays a large role in climate justice.

Ligerbots Camp

Spring Forward taught third and fourth graders at two sessions of cAMP, a youth-run summer camp held by the "LigerBots", Newton North and South's high school robotics team. Each session includes six one hour lessons on climate change across a span of two weeks. The lessons were learned through hands-on experiments, interactive activities, art builds, and stories. The students left each session as experts on the science behind climate change, oceans rising, deforestation, climate justice, and how they can help. 

Graduation!

Spring Forward Ligerbots campers made their own creative graduation caps to celebrate a fun week full of activities, experiments, and learning about climate change and climate justice. 

We are looking forward to seeing how these campers use their knowledge to take action and make a difference in the world.

 
Little Explorers Camp

On September 3rd 2020 Spring Forward partnered with little explorers camp to teach a 40 minute lesson for five and six year olds. They learned the difference between climate and weather through a pattern making activity, thought about the key concepts of climate change through a true and false activity, and explored the meaning, causes, and effects of climate change.

 

Spring Forward: Climate Education and Empowerment

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