As California and World Leaders Tackle Climate Change, More Than 150 Elementary School Students Will Join Together to Collaborate on “Our Blue Dot”
ELK GROVE, Calif. – September 19, 2018 —More than 150 Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) elementary school students to convene a global climate summit called “Our Blue Dot,” on September 26th from 2:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Prairie Elementary School. This unique event will feature engaging hands-on science activities for 5th and 6th graders from Prairie, Herman Leimbach, and Charles Mack elementary schools. In partnership with Adventures 2 Smarter World and the Expanded Learning Divisions of the Sacramento County and California Department of Education, EGUSD brings hands-on modern science challenges to Prairie Elementary School for an Expanded Learning S.T.E.A.M. event.
This official Global Climate Action Summit event’s title, “Our Blue Dot,” is based on the popular children’s book The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds, and Carl Sagan’s book Pale Blue Dot. The Dot is a story of creativity and how one small action can expand into large changes, while Pale Blue Dot is a scientific look at Earth and how humans view the future of our world. The title is meant to encourage students to think about the future of Earth and see what they can do to help the blue dot we live on.
“Our Blue Dot” is designed to engage and inspire students through real-world climate and science-related challenges that get students thinking about green, energy saving, and clean solutions. As students are given a “What if…” scenario, they will create a story narrating what they think Earth’s future will look like in the year 2050 based on the scenario given to them. The stories should feature a creative aspect with a drawn, written, or 3D model of the future they have imagined.
As Carl Sagan said, “Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.” The “Our Blue Dot” event will help Elk Grove Unified students to be excited to celebrate the most important dot of all, our Earth.
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day.
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