Activity 3: Interactive
Activity for Involving Students in Developing
an Action Project Plan
iEARN projects all share a common purpose: to make
a difference in the world. This takes many different
forms as seen in the incredible diversity of projects
across the network.
Below is an activity, developed by two iEARN students
as part of their work with the environmental project
which provides an example of how a group or class can
work together to identify an issue and develop a related
action step or project idea.
A YouthCaN Presentation Activity
: The Activity was meant
for a workshop that was being facilitated by YouthCaN
(YC) students. The participants of the workshop
are either new to YC or have never known of, and
want to find out about it.
This activity incorporates the idea that interactive
workshops are more fun and educational than lecture
–style workshops, and will get the participants
talking and active. This will keep the participants
engaged, which will help them understand the basic
purpose and functionality of YC.
Dividing the audience into smaller groups symbolizes
the community groups that participate in YC. They
are essentially isolated until they meet online
and when the YC Conference brings them together.
There they share ideas and experiences, which
they may use in their own efforts.
Explain the activity, and the requirements. Here
is a sample explanation:
"Okay everyone. We are
now going to make this a bit more fun by giving
you an activity. This activity is collaborative,
so please on my mark divide yourselves into
X to Y people per group. Start off by choosing
a leader for the group. This person should make
things go smoothly, and make sure that no one
is talking for too long.
First you will each take
a turn describing an environmental issue in
your community. Second you must, as a group,
choose ONE of the issues. Third, collaborate
and speak about how, as a small group, you can
solve the issue, or at least make it better.
Fourth prepare it for presenting to the entire
audience (not just your group, but all the groups).
Fifth, choose one or two people to present your
dilemma and solution. Sixth, support the presenters
by applauding. This is not a debate."
- After giving them a general introduction,
have them divide themselves into X to Y people
groups. The X and Y amount should be calculated,
depending on the amount of participants, the
amount of space the groups will have to sit/stand
and work with and any other considerations.
Tell them to choose their leader.
- Then, tell them the First step: Take turns
briefly describing each individual's community
issues among themselves. Take this time to go
around the groups and clarify any questions,
and make sure they are moving along at a good
- Calculate how much time each step 'should'
take. Occasionally interrupt by just saying
"you should now be up-to this part".
- The Second step of the activity is to choose
an issue that was just discussed in the 'go-around'.
This could be done by having the group members
- The Third step is to brainstorm some solutions
to solve the issue. And as a group come to a
conclusive solution.-The Fourth step is to choose
one or two representatives from the group to
present the environmental issue and solution
to the rest of the groups when called for by
the facilitators (you).
- Warn them that they have Z amount of minutes
left. Count down the minutes. Then, get their
attention and bring them back into 'workshop
mode'. You could do this by asking "so
how did it go?" they might laugh in response--that's
a good thing.
- Then ask for some groups to volunteer their
representatives to present their work and discuss
it with the rest of the groups.
Once the selected groups have presented, make
sure you thank them for their work. Consider this
a Microcosm of YouthCaN, because that is what
we do. Groups from all over the world do their
own thing trying to make a difference to help
the World. YouthCaN brings them together to share
their experiences and inspire others. This activity
symbolizes what YouthCaN is. You could point this