Second graders immersed themselves in a week full of Earth-focused activities. The week began with a presentation from the Environmental Center. Students (and teachers) were shocked to learn that 500 tons of garbage are dumped into our Bend landfill every DAY! Students also discovered that not all items that “should” be recyclable actually are. This FAQ page helps to de-mystify/answer recycling questions in Deschutes County. Students then created paper mache globes, a messy and fun art project. Individually, each student brainstormed three different “commitments” he/she could make to protect the Earth better: use fewer plastic bags, conserve water by taking shorter showers, or using a reusable water bottle (to name a few). Students attached these “commitments” to the bottom of their paper mache globe as a way to remember their choices have a big impact on the Earth and those around them. The week finished off with students bringing in recyclable material to create a “Recycled Robot to help conserve Earth’s resources.” Full of curiosity, creativity, and perseverance, students set out to create robots that would save animals, plant seeds, and grow grass. Each group worked through the design cycle and inspired one another to problem solve and collaborate together throughout the process.