I remember when they were in use, and it still amazes me. Not the phone itself, but how far we have come in technology. Everything is lighter and smaller, yet Apple is coming up with larger phones. Do you think Apple is catering to the baby boomers? Just a thought.
We also have a clear plastic container to show the small pieces of hard drives after they are shredded. Most of the kids were more interested in the gold content in computers and cell phones. They all wanted to take some gold home. If they only knew the volume we have to accumulate for any substantial amount of gold.
I do want to share something with my fellow geeks I learned from one of the I.T. guys that sat in on the session. He said the motherboard is like the vital organs and the processor is like the brain of the computer. If you ever want to explain to children the parts of a computer, this is a simple analogy. I used that in every Great American Teach-in I did.
If you get a chance to do a Great American Teach-In, I suggest you take the opportunity. Just like any other marketing, you have to consider your audience. Find out what grade you are presenting to and what is the class size. The more visuals the better. And keep the questions coming. If you depend on them asking questions, good luck. I find the younger ones ask questions and the older ones don’t. I suppose they don’t want to sound ignorant. Don’t worry about blank looks. Just keep going. They usually don’t last over thirty minutes.
In conclusion, I do not recommend doing twenty Great American Teach-Ins in one week. It’s easy to do two at one school, but I like to do two different schools. I like to see the education system at work. There are unbelievable differences in the school location and the discipline of the students. I will continue to show anyone I can how important it is to recycle electronics. It’s more than a passion; it’s a purpose.