In our fifth week of CBL, we have been putting our finishing touches on our poster, interactive element and presenting. As our group was brainstorming ideas for an interactive element, we came up with an idea to do a Kahoot with the audience! We came up with 5 questions about our problem and made the Kahoot. While presenting we are excited and ready to try our Kahoot with the audience, adding some fun to the presentation! Along with our kahoot we have a second interactive element which is our interactive spreadsheet. For our interviews we had a spreadsheet which had formulas to calculate people’s yearly consumption of beef and how much water that wasted. We are going to interview a volunteer to show them the formula we used to calculate peoples yearly water wastage. When working on our practice run-throughs we focused on the outline that Lucas made. We were assigned subjects to speak about when we are doing the forum. We worked in a order so when the day comes we would be ready to present. After this preparation, we took it to the forum. At the CBL forum we talked to several people who came over to us and told them about our problem and solution. We also used our interactive spreadsheet and our kahoot to make the experience more engaging.
In our fourth week of CBL our group has been working hard to finish up our poster. We wrote our problem, solution, and next steps paraphrases and finished up our charts. We had lots of debate on what color to use but finally decided. Now our poster is all finished and ready to be presented. After last week we had interviewed 16 kids from Windward. This week we decided to send a follow up survey to quantify our data and see if anybody actually changed their data. When we get their data, we can see if they took our information to heart and are actually going to change their diet. We made 2 charts listing all the data that we have placed on our poster. One of charts showed how much water certain meats use and a percentage with a gallon amount and the other chart showed how much the people we have interviewed have ate in a year. The charts made it very simple to process all the information in order to find out what you can do to make a difference.
On Tuesday Lucas contacted his French teacher so we could interview some students, on Wednesday we went to their class and interviewed all of them. Now we have data from interviews of 16 kids. We interviewed them about their favorite meats and how much they eat every week. Then finally we asked them how much water they think it takes for 1 pound of beef and most of them were way off. When we told them the correct answer they were all amazed. After we finished gathering our student interviews into a google spreadsheet, we started to come up with a formula on how to calculate how much beef students eat per year. With some struggles, and help from Geraldine, we sort of got the formula to work, that calculated how many pounds of beef each person consumed in a year. This week we have worked on a poster that tells what we have been doing. We were given three headings. Are headings were problem, solution, and next steps. For problem we talked about the water that the beef uses to be produced and how we need to cut down to not head into a future drought again. For solution we talked about ideas on cutting down portion sizes at restaurants. For next steps we talked about how we would be interviewing people in Jonah's area and getting results.
This week our group has started our weekly vlogs and blogs. Each week every person in the group makes a vlog talking about what our group has accomplished in that week, and how our group is working together. This is one way to track our progress and make sure our group is running smoothly together. Another thing our group is doing weekly is writing a blog. Each of us writes a piece of the blog on what we were doing that week. Then after it is ready to publish we put it on a website called weebly for anyone to see. There we can share our ideas to everyone! We asked a various selection of questions to see how much people eat which would lead to the shocking answer. We asked what is your favorite meat, what is your favorite meat, how much beef (pounds) do you think you eat every month, and how much water do you think beef takes per pound to produce? After asking these questions we had people thinking and we got the information we needed to give them there surprising result. We told people it took 1800 gallons of water to preserve beef. The feedback to that fact was shocking due to people thinking it would only take 2 gallons of water. After we came up with our questions we decided to interview a couple fellow students to test it. We asked Noah Malcolm and Henry the questions we had to see their reaction. They were really surprised about our statistic that 1 pound of beef takes 1,800 gallons of water. I think that when we interview people in our community they will be equally surprised. Overall we worked really well together and we can’t wait for Sunday where we are actually going to interview people in Jonah’s community.
The first week of the CBL project has been a roller coaster ride. In one week we have changed our subject from transportation to water wasting, and we came up with a very specific and relevant problem. The problem we came up with is that we are wasting too much water on agriculture, especially on beef. When you see a commercial saying to take shorter showers, they are wrong, showers aren't a big waste of water. One pound of beef is the same amount of 6 months of showers. On top of that we consume a lot of beef in the US. We need to stop eating as much beef. We brainstormed many ways to cut down on how much beef we eat, because Americans eat close to the most beef in the world. First we looked at some ideas to change the diets of citizens in the U.S. We came up with two ways that people could change their diet. First we came up with portion control where we start to get rid of 12oz stakes that have no need in a market or restaurant. Then we came up with fear and how people can be scared at the fact of that a pound of beef is 1,800 gallons of water. The way we decided to actually get people to follow through with our solution is to survey people. We will talk to neighbors and people in our community to see how much beef they eat, then educate them on how much water it wastes, then we would link them to sources of alternative recipes, and last, we would survey them a week later to check in if people actually changed the way they ate. Overall we were able to come up with a solution and we just need to execute in now in real life.