The AHS freshman biology class was challenged to depict and increase our understanding of climate change in a way that reached out to the community. My group decided to look at this issue through the eyes of local youth. These fourth graders, in order to spread awareness on this issue, created art that showed their perspectives.
Above: St. Columba fourth graders proudly display their climate change art.
Adolescent Infographics-Za Barrett Project Description I did two infographics for this project. My first was about the effect of blue light on sleep (and health.) It covered the problems that arise from looking at computer/phone screens after dark. The other one I created explored the benefits of good teen friendships. I find the second one especially important. I was a loner in elementary and middle school, but when I made real friends, my life was a lot better in ways I hadn’t expected. This year has already been filled with more laughter and joy than usual, mostly because I have an amazing friend to laugh with!
Personal Reflection My biggest challenge during this project was researching the first topic. Most of what I found at first either was hard to understand or not backed up by real studies. However, when I finally found some actual studies that I could understand, it was easier. The second infographic was easier to research and put together. I think this was because the first topic I chose was less researched than the second. My greatest success was being able to shrink the first infographic to the right size. It was originally too big to print, but I wanted to take it to the exhibition. I worked at it for a couple days, and finally was able to shrink it to "legal" size. If I could do one thing different throughout the course of this project, it would be to create the first infographic in legal size to start with. If I had done this in the first place, I could have saved a lot of time in the end.