You may ONLY gain extra credit if

  • You have completed most/all previous assignments
  • You have less than 100% for a grade
  • You were absent and the events you missed can NOT be made up

Directions:  Watch the movie or read the text passage.  Complete the supplied template and turn in to the Google Assignment for your class.  Grade awarded (each 15 pts) are dependent upon quality, quantity, grammar/spelling.


  • Life lessons Through Tinkering
    Gever Tulley uses engaging photos and footage to demonstrate the valuable lessons kids learn at his Tinkering School. When given tools, materials and guidance, these young imaginations run wild and creative problem-solving takes over to build unique boats, bridges and even a roller coaster!
  • How Architects Can Create Dignity for All
    If architect and writer John Cary has his way, women will never need to stand in pointlessly long bathroom lines again. Lines like these are representative of a more serious issue, Cary says: the lack of diversity in design that leads to thoughtless, compassionless spaces. Design has a unique ability to dignify and make people feel valued, respected, honored and seen — but the flip side is also true. Cary calls for architects and designers to expand their ranks and commit to serving the public good, not just the privileged few.
  • History of US Wind Energy
    Through history, the use of wind power has waxed and waned,from the use of windmills in centuries past to high tech wind turbines on wind farms today, and nowhere in history is that more evident than in the last century and a half. Use arrows on the page to advance slides
  • Emergency Shelters Made From Papers
    Long before sustainability was a buzzword, architect Shigeru Ban was using ecologically sound building materials such as cardboard tubes. He uses them to build remarkable temporary structures for disaster-struck nations such as Haiti, Rwanda and Japan. Yet often, these buildings remain a beloved part of the landscape long after they have served their intended purpose.
  • Can 100% renewable energy power the world?
    Every year, the world uses 35 billion barrels of oil. This massive scale of fossil fuel dependence pollutes the earth, and it won’t last forever. On the other hand, we have abundant sun, water and wind, which are all renewable energy sources. So why don’t we exchange our fossil fuel dependence for an existence based only on renewables? Federico Rosei and Renzo Rosei describe the challenges.

  • A small country with big ideas to get rid of fossil fuels
    How do we build a society without fossil fuels? Using her native Costa Rica as an example of positive action on environmental protection and renewables, climate advocate Monica Araya outlines a bold vision for a world committed to clean energy in all sectors.
  • The Political Chemistry of Oil
    Speaking one month after the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Lisa Margonelli shows how drilling moratoriums and executive ousters make for good theater, but distract us from the issue at heart: our unrestrained oil consumption. She shares her bold plan to wean America off oil — by confronting consumers with its real cost.
  • The Thrilling Potential for off-grid solar energy
    There’s an energy revolution happening in villages and towns across Africa — off-grid solar energy is becoming a viable alternative to traditional electricity systems. In a bold talk about a true leapfrog moment, Amar Inamdar introduces us to proud owners of off-grid solar kits — and explains how this technology has the opportunity to meet two extraordinary goals: energy access for all and a low-carbon future. “Every household a proud producer as well as consumer of energy,” Inamdar says. “That’s the democracy of energy.”
  • The Four Things you need to know about the energy you use
    “It’s easy to go through life using energy every day while knowing next to nothing about it,” says journalist Jordan Wirfs-Brock. She wants us to reconnect, to understand how energy drives our world: “Energy makes everything we do possible, yet we treat it as an insignificant other.” In an energetic talk, Wirfs-Brock shows us the four things we need to know about the energy we use.
  • No Roads?  There’s a drone for that
    A billion people in the world lack access to all-season roads. Could the structure of the internet provide a model for how to reach them? Andreas Raptopoulos of Matternet thinks so. He introduces a new type of transportation system that uses electric autonomous flying machines to deliver medicine, food, goods and supplies wherever they are needed.