Evaluation time

Evaluation time has come. Yesterday, 31st of May, GEAI EVS volunteers organised the evaluation of all activities/games they have leaded during the year in Youth Café Drumshanbo. Each child recieved the evaluation form in which we placed different smiley faces meaning the activities were: really good, good, ok or didn’t enjoy. The form also contained the following questions: “What did you enjoy most or least?” and “Have you learnt something new?”.

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For a while the atmosphere was silent. Children were carefully thinking about what they have learned from the activities. The answers were different. But the interesting fact was that almost all participants ticked the box with the “GOOD” smiley face. And they have definitely learned lots of new information about environment, renewable energy sources, sustainability and recycling. One of the most interesting answers was: “I have learnt that fracking is affecting wildlife”.

It was such an useful and great experience for EVS volunteers as well. They understood a lot about theirselves and about Youth work.

Climate Change Fun Game!

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The activity

 Last week, EVS volunteer Andrea, organised a game called climate change in Youth Café Drumshanbo. We divided the group of kids into two teams. Each team had a name. Each member of the group had a card with a picture and the correspondent  word. They had to memorise the word. In the room, one chair in the middle, two pairs of Wellington boots in one corner and two hats in the opposite corner. The moderator, Andrea,  started reading a story related to climate change while children were walking around the room. By the time they heard the word they had on their cards, they had to run, put on the boots and the hat and sat on the chair placed in the middle. The first player who did it, got a point for his/her team. If they heard the word: climate change any player of each team could do it. Again the team which first did it got a point. At the end, the team with more points was the winner.

The result

 It was a good game to keep them focus on the climate change short  stories the moderator was reading and at the same time get  familiar with related vocabulary, for instance: sea level, ecosystems, global warming, glaciers… We had some much fun while learning!

Environmental Tips Memory Game

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The game

Wednesday 10th May, Andrea, one of the EVS volunteers developed a memory game using environmental protection tips in Youth Café Drumshanbo.

At the beginning children had to make a circle and stand up.  First, Andrea started with a ball in her hands and  she had to pass it to one of the kids shouting out his/her name. This kid had to do the same and pass the ball to another  group member shouting out his/her name. The first round finished  when everyone in the circle had received the ball. After that,  the second round started and  the person who received the ball had to say her/his name and an environmental protection tip, for instance: I’m Haley and I’m turning off the lights! She had to pass the ball to another person shouting out his/her name and when this second person received the ball he/she has to do the same, for instance: I’m Thomas and I’m cycling to school. Each member had to remember the name and the environmental tip of the rest so in the  next round, they passed the ball to each other shouting out the person name plus the environmental tip.

The outcome

It was superb to realise they know which kind of daily actions can make a difference and protect the environment. Each of them said one environmental protection tip without over thinking. We enjoyed it and we will be glad to come back next week with a new activity.

Environmental Obstacle Race

Yesterday 3rd May, EVS volunteers Kate & Andrea organised an environmental obstacle race in Youth Café Drumshanbo. It was part of the activity plan they have started in October last year. The purpose of the race was to learn about renewable energy, biodiversity and environmental disasters and to have fun at the same time.

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The game

We set up two equal gymkhanas (one for each team) with obstacles. We had two sets of cards with different images related to biodiversity, renewable energy and environmental disasters. Each set contained the same 14 cards (same images). We faced down the cards on a table besides each team. At the end of each gymkhana there was a cardboard divided into three sections: biodiversity, renewables and environmental disasters. The group was divided into two teams Alex the Lion with its respective lion hat and Pink Cowboys with its cowboy hat. Each team had to queue at the beginning of the gymkhana.

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The race

When they heard GO! the first player of each team had to wear the team hat, take a card from the table, pass the obstacles without destroying them and place the card in the correct section. If he/she did it correctly, the next player started.

The team which first placed the 14 cards on the different sections got 3 points. Each correct placed card meant one extra point. At the end the team which got more points, was  the winner.

Outcome

Both teams did a great job trying to guess which cards went in each section. Finally the Pink Cowboys won the competition. They discovered that biomass is a renewable source of energy and they are aware of environmental disasters such as fracking, oil spills, water pollution… It was a great non formal learning approach! We’ll see them next week.

 

 

 

Who is on Your Back?

The game

On Wednesday 26th April, EVS volunteers leaded a biodiversity game in Youth Café Drumshanbo. The name of the game is «Who’s on Your Back?». The concept was reviewing Irish wildlife through team communication.

Rules of the game

We prepared sticky labels with the names of well-known animals on it. For instance: whale, rabbit, snake and so on. Then we stuck the labels on everyone’s back without letting them know «who they were». Each member had to find out who was on their back by asking questions to the others in the team. Questions were asked in such a way that the answers could be just «Yes» or «No». The player could ask no more than two questions then it was other’s player turn. Once they found out who they were they could play again with another animal on their backs.

The result

It was an useful game to develop children’s communication skills and attention. They were listening to each other carefully and with interest. The environmental outcome of the game  showed that children are really curious about Irish wild life and they  guessed the answers very quickly. It was great craic!

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