ERIC Number: ED091260
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: N/A
Boulder Experiments: An Environmental Fair. Profiles of Promise 24.
Wiley, Karen B.
A group of Boulder, Colorado, high school students and townspeople conducted a two-day community environmental fair in the downtown street of Boulder. The fair, providing various instructive experiments depicting alternatives for Boulder's future social and physical environment, grew out of the Student Assisted Development of Materials for Environmental and Social Studies (SADMESS) Project conducted by the Social Science Education Consortium (SSEC). Half of the students involved in the project decided to get the community involved in an educational fair. In their effort to get permission to hold the fair and to elicit the active participation of the community, the students made presentations to political and governmental officials, businessmen's groups, local environmental groups, and school and university groups. After much discussion and debate, permission to hold the fair was granted. Some of the many fair activities included a glass recycling exhibit, pottery demonstrations, fabrication of a 39-foot geodesic dome, and electricar exhibit, and many lively discussion groups. Evaluation results indicated that people found the fair interesting, enjoyable, and educational. The students recorded the entire process of planning and execution of the fair in the Boulder Experiments Scrapbook, see ED 081 707. It contains many helpful suggestions about how to do a better job of putting on a community fair. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Educational Innovation, Environmental Education, Evaluation, Exhibits, Experimental Programs, Grade 12, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Developed Materials, Student Participation, Student Projects
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Social Science Education Consortium, Inc., Boulder, CO.; ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.