Argentina

Biocap

2015, Carmen de Areco, Buenos Aires, Argentinabiocap 1

Biocap is designed to provide a solution to the environmental problem of disposing household oils. The project creates a primary collecting center for used vegetable oils. The school also has an agreement with a company that is authorized to process the used oil into biodiesel. The school receives a large barrel for used vegetable oil from the company, and the household containers are emptied using a system designed and created by the students themselves.

In the near future, the students hope to encourage others in the community to create primary collecting centers as well.

Lichens

2015, San Andres de Giles, Buenos Aires, Argentina

lichensThe focus of this project is to analyze the population of lichens found in trees within different areas of San Antonio de Giles town. The study of these lichens is important because they can be indicators of the quality of the air we are breathing. In order to define a parameter, the students plan to analyze the presence, or absence, of lichens in different parts of town. They also proposed an investigation on the density of the population of lichens and the analysis of the different types of lichens found. This analysis takes into account their color, appearance and the lichen’s grouping/type (foliose, fruticose, crustose). By analyzing the lichens the students are able to check and/or refute their hypothesis about the feasibility of solely using this method to monitor the quality of the air we breathe.

Parks for Native Biodiversity

2015, San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires, Argentina

park for nat div 2This project aims to create a place that will focus on increasing the community’s biodiversity. The goal is to reap the environmental benefits that emerge from creating a park of native vegetation at the town’s old railroad station. This will hopefully also entice tourists to visit the town because of the value created by enhancing the local nature of their flora and fauna.

parks native div 1With the help of the specialist in native flora Dr. Gabriel Burgueño, the students prepared and presented a draft to the Municipality of San Andres de Giles to manage the permits with the Railway authorities.

Currently, they are waiting final approval to continue working.

Nature’s Voice

2015, San Andres de Giles, Buenos Aires, Argentina

natures voice 1The students of this high school run their own radio show. Their project is to create a radio program to promote local birds and trees to the community, something they consider in need of better care.

Patricia Laffrati, a sustainable journalist, assisted in the implementation of the project by giving a workshop to the students about radio programming and digital media. In the workshop they learnt how to create and program materials for the school.nat voice 2

One highlight of this project for the students is that it is applicable to all school curriculum disciplines, meaning everyone can get involved. It not only educates the community on the
importance of the diversity of its flora and fauna, but the students learn more through these hands on, engaging experiences.

Guardians of Nature

2015, Carmen de Areco, Buenos Aires, Argentina

guardians 1This project addresses the problem of how empty plastic bottles (PET) are currently handled in Carmen de Areco. The first stage of this project is to set up a collection center at the school, where community members can take their empty plastic bottles. The school will provide a place to collect, press and package these disposable bottles before delivering them to a recycling center.

Once the first stage of the project is established, the second stage of the project will begin. The students plan to extend the collecting center to other schools within the area.

The money gathered from selling the collected bottles to the recycling centers will be used to continue improving and sustaining the permanent operation of this system within the school(s).

Wall Intervention

2014, San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The students form The San Antonio de Areco High School N°4 proposed to enhance a blank school with art. These art pieces express methods of recycling, managing environmental impact, and educating/raising awareness of our impact on the environment. To represent all of these ideas the students created 2 sections on the wall.wall intervention 1

The first part of the wall focuses on sustainable production, and includes an area for composting leftovers from student lunches. This compost is eventually used to provide nutrients to a vertical green garden on the wall that is made from plastic pipes. The vertical garden is also being watered by a drip-irrigation system that collects rainwater from the rain barrel and distributes it.

The second portion of the wall consists of artistic drawings of nature, and also includes biodiversity information that can be captured with students’ cell phones through a QR code.

Sketching for Consciousness

2014, San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires, Argentinasketching for con1

This project proposes the painting of large walls that are located in a popular place of town visited by both tourists and locals. The paintings will be focused on environmental stewardship to raise awareness on the topic. The idea is to gather all students from the district schools and invite them to participate in a “drawing competition” in which judges from the School of Arts will choose the winner. The winning designs will be painted on the chosen walls as a means of social education.

 

Awareness Campaign: Use of Agrochemicals

2014, San Antonio de Areco, Buenos Aires, Argentina

This project proposes the implementation of an awareness campaign directed at both farmers and the community. The purpose of the campaign is to inform everyone about the benefits and the dangers associated with the use of agrochemicals in food production and residential use.agrochemicals 1

The campaign emphasizes the use of new products that have low environmental impact (green lines) to control pests/disease. In their presentation, the students stressed that choosing “green band” agrochemicals is not much more expensive than using ordinary products, and provide large benefit to the environment.

In their “final year” science fair the students prepared a Caring for our Watersheds stand where they distributed surveys inquiring about the use of chemical products at home, and where these products were stored. The students also distributed an awareness CD to the farmers provided by CIAFA (An Argentine industry Cham of fertilizer and agrochemical).

The overall aim was to raise awareness, and make everyone more conscientious about the use of chemicals at their homes and farms.

White Contamination

2014, San Andres de Giles, Buenos Aires, Argentina

This project aims to educate the community about the importance of reducing the use of plastic bags, and the dangers associated with use of these bags.

The first stage of the project was to raise public awareness through various media. The students prepared informative messages and used the school radio to spread their communicwhite contamination 1ations. The second stage of the project was to present their messages to local and provincial authorities.

To the students’ excitement, the Mayor of the County (Municipality) signed the ordinance prohibiting the use of plastic bags starting January 1, 2015!

Eco-Bins

2014, SAN ANDRES DE GILES, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINAeco bins 1

The aim of this project is to educate kindergarten and elementary school students on separating waste by designing special bins with different characters that catch the attention of the children. These cartoons or characters will have a name and will contain an mp3 device that will deliver a message every time plastic is thrown inside of it. The system also has a sensor to count and display the amount of plastic thrown in by students, thus raising awareness on recycling plastic.

This project was implemented with the help of “Open Electronics Laboratory of the Engineering Department of the University of Buenos Aires” and the group “Viralata” (Luisa Bohorquez eco bins 2and Sebastian Perez) who collaborated with the design; the messages were created by the students.