Posted by: Vivy
During our 2nd period science class we went to the gym to prepare for our community forum. We put up the posters for the other groups and our own. We also put the interactive materials up for our groups. Our interactive ideas was using a computer to show our map to all of the parents. The day before, we went over our research and went over what we were going to say. Finally when it got to the day of the forum, we presented our problem and solution. We talked about our research and that 74% of Carbon emissions are from cars and transportation and the majority of that is made up of single riders which is not using the full capacity of fuel and carbon dioxide. This brought us to the conclusion that we need to encourage carpooling. We couldn’t make our project city-wide, so we decided to make a map of all the windward students’ addresses and send it to all the parents in a windward newsletter. This would give parents the opportunity to create carpooling groups for the years to come and see how they could make a difference in our world. We learned that people found our idea very practical and efficient. Even though it wasn’t the most creative thing, we did make a change and a positive difference in the Windward community.
Posted by: Vivy
Our final product is sending a map of points where everyone in the school (current 7-11th graders) out in the weekly parents newsletter. Additionally, we will be sending a form along with it so we can receive our data and we are sending instructions of how to use the map. The data we will gain from the form will show how much carpooling at Windward will increase. Currently, an estimate of 35% of Windward students carpool. Our data was changed by our product. If we were to increase our impact, ideally, we would have made it mandatory for the whole school to carpool.
Posted by: Capp
Since our last post, we have changed our solution, even though our problem remains the same. We met with two students from a senior capstone group, Hayley and Coley, working on a similar problem. They were trying to encourage 11th and 12th graders that were able to drive to carpool together. They were giving rewards to the people that carpooled such as boba and gift cards. They said that there research showed that the amount of carpooling did raise, but it could have been higher. This gave use the idea of doing something similar with parents. We think that it would be most efficient if the parents made the carpools rather than the students. We have decided to email a map of the approximate addresses of the current 7th through 11th graders to all of the windward parents. In the email we are also sending instructions on how to use the map. We want the parents to make carpools with the other children in the Windward community that live close to them. We are asking the parents to fill out a google form that we are going to send out asking if they made a carpool group for their children. We are expecting to have less single riders and more carpools coming to school.
Posted by: Sammy
When Windward faculty came into our class, we got a lot of feedback. Some tough questions were asked, that we were unsure of what the answer was, but they helped us know what we wanted to do moving forward. We learned that safety and motivation would be something we had to focus on. Insurance, gas, and other components were factors, so we had to add these to our solution. Additionally, we talked to two faculty members at our school, Jacqueline Varney and Rebecca Yeh, that helped us figure out what could actually be done. Our solution is for the Windward community. In order to get students excited about our solution, we want to have some sort of reward system, possibly including gift cards and prizes similar. Our solution will have a positive impact on our community because it will diminish CO2 emissions, cause less traffic, and build friendships. We plan on measuring the gas used by each individual car to school versus the gas used by the carpool in one car. We expect to see reduced gas use in our results.
Posted by: Sammy
Our finalized problem is that 74% of Carbon emissions in Los Angeles come from transportation. By 2020, our city of Los Angeles will increase its average temperature by 1 degree. People are not carpooling nearly enough. Because this problem has the most impact on the environment, we have decided to encourage carpooling in the Windward community. We want students to carpool more and reduce CO2 emissions by doing so. Additionally, this will produce less traffic in our parking lots. A solution that we are considering to solve this problem is to promote carpooling for mainly both seniors and juniors in the Windward school community. Our goal is to try and provide carpooling students with an on campus parking spot during the days they carpool. Currently, many companies are using ride shares as a method to promote an environmental friendly transportation system. By doing so, not only are companies getting tax deductions, they are also promoting better air quality and resolving parking issues. One companie that is doing this is Metro Rideshare/Shared Mobility. The University of California, Los Angeles is a current institution that is promoting carpooling, vanpooling, and the use of public transportation. An incentive UCLA gives their faculty, staff, and students is a 50% subsidy from the transit fare (UCLA Transportation Commute Options). The benefits of doing this will cause a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions because less people will be driving to campus. While this is a small scale way to dealing with lowering carbon dioxide in the air. If all the companies join in the movement, we can have a big impact in lowering greenhouse gas levels.
Posted by: Vivy
Since our last post, our topic was broad as the ocean, but now we have narrowed it down to how carpooling can reduce the carbon emissions in our world immensely. On average, carpooling with one other person to work and back will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.72 kilograms. By cutting cars in half or thirds we are using much less co2 than usual. Globally, the road transport sector is responsible for 74% of global CO2 emissions. We have reached out to Capp’s mom who has written a book on Global Warming and how it is caused. In her book she wrote about how if we create something to encourage carpooling, than it will be a great benefit. Our project is important because our planet cannot take much more C02. C02 is creating a gas chamber in our atmosphere and warming our environment. This is detrimental to our environment.
Capp's mom pictured above
Posted by: Sammy
We are a group of three seventh grade students that attend Windward school. Our names are Capp, Sammy, and Vivy. We are part of a project for our science class called challenge based learning (CBL). The broad topic that we want to focus on is disaster resilience. We wanted to work on disaster resilience because we have personally been affected by some of these disasters in the Los Angeles area, and having our families and close friends be affected is something we want to change. This week, we have begun deciding what specifically we want to research. After making several mind maps, we were able to narrow it down to two topics: droughts and wildfires. We combined things that could prevent both disasters and after researching different elements of the two topics, we have most recently narrowed it down to CO2 prevention. From here, we are now starting to research deforestation, burning oil, fossil fuels, and more.