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Sustainable Systems Week 15

After keeping all the components of our final module ready, it was finally time to execute it. The main problem that we faced here was that we could not find enough participants for our module. Thankfully, one of our group members offered to introduce two kind small participants for the job. And those two poor boys sat through our entire module very well! So first, we started off by introducing ourselves and asking them their names. We noted their age and then asked him whether they wash their hands often. The answer was no. And with that, we knew we had found a very good specimen to work up on. So first we had a script ready, and instead of conducting a puppet show, we agreed to become the characters ourselves. We played out everything for them, and also showed them a related YouTube video, which was in form of an animation showing why it was important to wash hands. They really seemed to enjoy this video, and the next thing we did was show them the pepper and dish soap activity. It surprised the boys to see the pepper deflect as soon as the dish soap came in. We were sure to explain to them the fact that this is how germs act when they come in contact with soap, and the two were shocked and fascinated.

Next thing we did was conducting the slime activity with them. I’m sure they were a lot more fascinated in seeing the process of the slime being made, then the intention that we wanted to show it to them with. But that’s just kids for you. They had a lot of fun watching me make the slime on camera, and it looked like they were pretty tempted to make it themselves too. And then I explained to them the part where the glitter sticks to the slime voluntarily, and this glitter is exactly how bacteria sticks to hands, and the same way that sanitizers can kill germs.

The last thing that we made them do was filling up the bingo card. They diligently did this, and we got a seven out of 11 score on the bingo card. I think this module really help them understand the importance of hand washing and also gave them some entertainment in this current time that were stocking. It thrilled us to interact with them and they also looked happy to have some form of interaction outside their houses.

When finally presenting all of this to our faculty, we were sure to mention the emotions that the boys seem to go through, and the intention that we had made the entire module for. The faculty seemed thrilled with our effort, and it was clear how much research and effort we had put into this model.

From the last four weeks, the most important thing that I learned is my first idea might not work every single time. I need to come up with several ideas, to at least have a few of them work. But when they do, it’s all worth it. Another thing I understood, and I’ve been repeating this through all my other experiences, is how I could take simple data on paper and represent it in a visual way which is easy to understand. Last, I think this whole health and hygiene module also made me aware of how important it is to maintain good health and good hygiene habits. Although I am a person who is very meticulous about this already, and has a huge sanitizer collection, this module really introduced me to other forms of hygiene that I may or may not be maintaining, and made me alert about the same. While I was teaching the children, I think I was learning with them too. And with that presentation, Sustainable Systems finally came to an end. The course really helped me understand the basics of sustainability, and I know that I will be using whatever I have learnt in which ever discipline I choose from here on. I have automatically become more aware about wasting things around me, about waste segregation, about water usage, and several small things that I studied in this topic. So I would like to thank the subject for teaching me the same!

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