Spring Forward has reached 500+ students and taught 45+ lessons around the country in under a year!
February Break Workshops
Session of Spring Forward workshops
February 15th - 20th 2021
Spring Forward hosted a session of February break climate workshops where we taught four 60 minute workshops to over 35 engaged elementry and middle students. The students learned about fast fashion through an arts and crafts project, how they can take action to help stop climate change, the ins and outs of renewable energy, and how redling relates to climate justice through a unique board game based of The Game Of Life.
Eco Circle International Fellowship
January 9th 2021
Spring Forward taught a 60 minute lesson to high school students in the Eco Circle International fellowship where we talked about why there is so much resistance to addressing climate change. We discussed how climate psychology can make people distance themselves from the issue and how we can frame climate change in a way where people are more susceptible to the topic. Next we went over how the initial cost of eliminating fossil fuels can stop us from going net zero but in reality, renewable energy is more profitable in the long run. Finally we discussed how the politicization of climate change can contribute to climate action resistance.
November 20th 2020
Two Spring Forward members participated in CREW's communication on climate change panel. They discussed how to have productive conversations on climate change and their experience with climate change education in schools and with children.
Watch the panel
Lesson For 4th Grade Class at The Lawrence School
November 24th 2020
Spring Forward taught a 60 minute how to help stop climate change lesson for a fourth grade class at the Lawrence School. Students learned the difference between systemic and individual change, asked insightful questions, made a plan of actions they are going to take and how they will complete the actions, and learned about how write a letter about taking climate action to a person in power.
November 10th 2020
Spring Forward taught a lesson on climate justice and climate policy to ten YWCA members on November 11th. Students had lively discussions and made a plan to take systemic climate actions.
We really enjoyed having you and learned so much. Overall everyone was really impressed and it was a great introduction and also refresh on Climate Justice. And the best part was getting to see you in action and be youth activists fighting for climate change and educating adults and youth. One of our scholars who does a lot of climate action work said they really liked being about to hear how you present and how you describe everything.
- YWCA organizer
Hebrew School Lesson
November 1st 2020
"Spring Forward's presentation brought an incredible amount of energy and creativity to teaching about Climate Change to our second graders. I loved the games and interactive nature of the workshop."
- Hebrew School teacher, Rachel
Spring Forward taught a lesson to second grade Hebrew students on November 1st. Students learned the differences between climate vs weather through a creative pattern game, explored what causes climate change and the effects of climate change, and learned about how they can take action to stop climate change.
October Activity Workshops
Girl Scouts Eastern MA
October 24th 2020
Spring Forward taught a 45 minute lesson for 23 girl scouts in fourth and fifth grade. Students pretended to be governor, learned about the Renewable energy bill, and voted on whether to pass or veto the bill. Next they discussed systemic vs individual change and explored how even without being a governor, they can make an impact by influencing governors that have different opinions than them. Finally, the girl scouts learned about how to take action right then by writing a letter urging a politician to take action on a subject of importance to them. We provided the scouts with a letter template for them to use after the lesson.
Newton Climate and Racial Justice March
Spring Forward tabled at a climate and racial justice march in Newton, MA. We believe climate and racial justice go hand in hand in working towards a more just and equitable future for all.
Shady Hill Middle School Assembly
October 13th, 2020
Spring Forward completed a virtual event for over 230 middle school students at the Shady Hill School. Students learned about climate justice, listened to unique stories of high school students on the frontlines in MA, discussed the way media portrays the climate crisis, and thought about ways to take action.
Fayerweather Street School
October 6th 2020
Spring Forward taught an online climate justice and climate lesson to 40 seventh and eighth graders at the Fayerweather school. Students 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 hosted by Sustain Our Abilities, an organization composed of a group of volunteer health professionals from around the world seeking to provide free resources and education for people 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.
Summer 2020 Workshops
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.
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.