Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine Science Night

November 17, 2016


On November 16, we held our second science night of the year - Reduce, Reuse, Reimagine.  This session was led by Denise Slattery, a master recycler who lives in Lake Oswego and also works for a local organization called Tinker Camp.  Students learned bout some of the problems that occur when people aren't mindful about reducing and reusing consumable products. Denise also explained what it means to be a Master Recycler. The students were then encouraged to reimagine ways they could reuse materials that are common in their own home to create something they might need or want or to solve a problem. Example ideas included - could you turn an egg carton into a way to store seeds (from the OCE gardens)?  Could you create something to hold all your plastic bags so that they're easy to get to if you want to reuse them to clean up after your dog when you go for a walk.?Could you turn many different materials into an art project or toy that you would enjoy at home?  Prior to the session, we asked parents to collect some items - egg cartons, used plastic food containers, ribbons, gift bags, etc. and bring them to the session. Each of the table stations in the Makerspace became a Reimagine Station.  Using the collected materials and tools available in the Makerspace, children came up with imaginative ways they could reuse the materials to create something fun or useful. 





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