What should we do with our trash? This is a question looming in many minds today. News reports have targeted the impact of trash in the ocean and the dangers of microbeads in body wash. Multiply the growing population of Earth by how much trash we accumulate daily and how long it takes everyday items to decompose, and suddenly the challenges can seem overwhelming.
At the end of the third quarter, the 6th grade Pop Science class tackled this crisis head-on in their Trash Solutions Project Fair. Each student researched the growing trash crisis. They learned how they contribute to the problem and also how they could make a difference. Student projects ranged from up-cycled flowerpots and scarves to recycled crayons and keeping a daily trash diary. Elementary students and staff were invited to learn about the problems we face regarding trash and how creativity and innovation are being used to find solutions.