Students from Songshan Senior High School in Taipei organized a service team to go to Xinghua Elementary School in New Taipei City’s Sanjhih District and hold a four-day, three-night “Running Kids educational and recreational camp.” The teacher in charge, Kuo Ching-ching, says that this camp was planned around the themes of science and environmental protection, in the hope of using interesting science games and DIY lessons to let children from a school in an outlying area gain an easy understanding of scientific knowledge. With a smile, Kuo says that all the lessons were planned by the students, who did everything by themselves, from the initial planning and conception through to surveying the location and making improvements.
After getting confirmation of which colleges have accepted them in May and June, the 29 students who took part in this project planned the activities on their own initiative, hoping to use experiments and playacting as ways of interacting with the children, so as to let them easily get an understanding of scientific knowledge and the importance of environmental protection.
The scientific experiments were well integrated with everyday life. For example, one involved drooping a string onto an ice cube and then sprinkling it with salt. Because the salt causes a fast-freezing effect when it comes in contact with the ice cube, the ice cube can be lifted up with the string. The children all thought this was amazing. The service team also blended environmental protection ideas into a play, which was entitled “The 3R Kids” — the three Rs being reduce, reuse and recycle. In the course of acting in the play, as well as getting an understanding of environmental protection concepts, the children also got to learn some English.
Photo courtesy of Taipei Municipal Songshan Senior High School
Service team organizer Shen Yun-i has been accepted to study in the Department of Nursing at National Cheng Kung University. She says that everyone got absorbed with great enthusiasm and went from being strangers to having an unspoken understanding. “We learned a lot of things that we never learned in class. It was really great!” she says.
(Liberty Times, translated by Julian Clegg)
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