RPI 2016 Earth Week Kick-Off Saturday

RPI 2016 Earth Week Kick-Off Saturday

RPI Student Union

April 16, 2016 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM

RPI’s 2016 Earth Week Kick-Off Saturday, April 16, will celebrate and showcase environmental education and stewardship – welcoming kids, families and the entire community.  There will be music and dance performances, workshops, games, sports activities, and learning kiosks. Food will be available in the Union and at food trucks on 15th Street.   All events are free and open to the public.  

Workshops will run 10am-2pm, with drumming and dance workshop participants coming together for a public performance at 2pm. Throughout, educational kiosks will be open – focused on trees of New York (with the US Forest Service), invasive plants (Frear Park Conservancy), recycled art, and an array of other topics.  All attending will be encourage to vote for the environment in our Earth Week Voting Booth.  An EcoPrincess area will have activities especially designed for younger kids.

Register for workshops here (individually or in groups).  All workshops are free, and open to kids of all ages.  No prior experience is assumed.  Early registration highly encouraged.   Please indicate ages, number of registrants, and available times so that we can form appropriate workshop groups.  Follow up emails will be sent to confirm registration.  

At 2:30, live music will continue, with Partial Credit --Adirondack Whaling Company -- Hunter (Alex Simon) -- Louis-Xavier Barrette -- Michael Murphy -- Sofia Jacobs --James Bohusk

Workshop Descriptions

EcoActing (45 minutes) (10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm) (Joelle Woodson)

Learn about environmental problems and sustainability solutions through a variety of acting and improv exercises! Working with a script, participants will learn to think through and act out environmental issues affecting their own communities.  

Recycled Drumming (45 minutes) (12pm, 1pm) (Brandon Costelloe-Kuehn)

Participants in this workshop will learn basic rhythmic patterns using a variety of “trash” materials. We will work on a number of skills that are equally handy in drumming and in designing sustainability solutions, including improvisation, listening and dynamics.  At 2:00, all workshop participants will come together for a public performance.

Eco-Dance (45 minutes) (10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm) (Lindsay Poirier)

Participants in this workshop will learn a dance inspired by RPI’s 2016  Earth Week theme,Interconnections.  At 2:00, all workshop participants will come together for a public performance.  Comfortable shoes and clothes are encouraged.

Airful! Creative Writing (45 minutes) (10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm) (SustEd)

Participants in this workshop will learn about many causes and consequences of air pollution, then write and illustrate a picture book that shares the lessons with others.  

Airful! Math (30 minutes) (10am, 11am, 12pm 1pm) (SustEd)

Participants in this workshop will work through a series of air pollution math problems, learning how important math is in environmental science, engineering and protection.  The workshop will end with a round of “Air Pollution Twister”!

Recycled Fashion Challenge! (30 min) (10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm)  (Society for Environmental Professionals).  Participants in this workshop will design high fashion outfits using recycled materials then pose for photographs.


Sponsored by RPI’s Department of Science and Technology Studies, collaborating with the Vasudha Living and Learning Program, RPI EcoEd (K-12 Outreach Program),  and student clubs: Students’ Sustainability Task Force, Terra Café, EcoLogic, Society for Environmental Professionals.  Ground Zero Basement.  Contact: Professor Kim Fortun,fortuk@rpi.edu

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