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Interconnections – Earth Week Schedule, Spring 2016

Previous Events

Interconnections – Earth Week Festival, Spring 2014

Earth Week Research and Arts Festival, Spring 2013

Sustainability Research Workshop, Fall 2012

Workshop: “Green Building for Elementary Students”
Apr 20 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Elementary students will be given a tour through the environmental problems caused by buildings, and then learn how green buildings can be designed. Each student will build their own green building, then find a place to locate it in a green city.

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Workshop: “Secondary School Frack Out!”
Apr 20 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

In the fun tradition of RPI Freakout! for hockey, we will run a Jeopardy game that quizzes players about natural gas as an energy resource. To get ready for the game, players will be given a quick tour of the media war that increasing investment in natural gas has provoked. No prior knowledge of natural gas is expected. Game is designed for students in grades 6-9.

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Film: “Eco-Film Medley for Kids”
Apr 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

5581_3We will screen the original Lorax, Jim Hensen’s Fraggle Rock, Earth Day Word Girl and Curious George, Mulch Ado About Nothing.

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Film: “Hoot” – An Eco-Film for Kids
Apr 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Hoot - 2010M.10.05Hoot is a fast-paced and hilarious movie about kids working to save a burrowing owl habitat in Florida – threatened by plans to build a pancake house. Jimmy Buffet provides music, and plays the high school science teacher. Based on the book by Carl Hiaasen.

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Workshop: “Guinean Drum and Dance”
Apr 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Instructor Bio

IMG_6231Mamadouba “Mimo” Camara was a lead performer with Les Ballets Africains, the national company of Guinea, West Africa for 18 years before he moved to the Hudson Valley in 1995. Since then, he has continued to spread the richness and joy of his country’s cultural heritage through teaching youth and adults in a variety of venues.


Workshop: “Mask-making for Biodiversity”
Apr 21 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

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The Mask Making Workshop for children age six and up will explore how animals and plants are connected in a healthy ecosystem. Children will decorate animal masks, and learn about biodiversity and species endangerment.

The workshop is free; advance registration is required. Children younger than six are welcome if accompanied by a parent. Food will be available in EMPAC’s lobby before and after the workshop. Register here.

Following the workshop, children and their families can attend an outdoor world drum concert and musical procession that ends in RPI’s EMPAC concert hall with a performance of Susie Ibarra’s newly commissioned Earth Week tribute, Circadian Rhythms. The performance will interweave percussion from diverse traditions with diverse animal and bird recordings from Cornell’s Macaulay Library – celebrating biological, cultural and sensory diversity.

Demonstration: Citizens’ Water Monitoring Lights Up
Apr 26 @ 1:00 am – 2:30 am

Anthropologist and tech-innovator Sara Wylie (Northeastern Environmental Health Research Institute), working with tech-innovators in the Troy community, will demonstrate technologies developed to help citizens monitor water quality at low cost. Thermal-sensing fishing bobs will be floated in Robison Pool around islands of ice, and photographed when they light up. Temperature differentials can point to pollution plumes in water.

Earth Week Finale Festival
Apr 26 @ 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm

EW Saturday Poster April 9


Rensselaer’s Earth Week Festival Finale will celebrate Interconnections – between students of different ages, between students and sustainability professionals, between the university and the Troy community.  The afternoon will feature:

  • Performances
  • Games
  • Educational Demos
  • Food
  • Films
  • Discussions
  • A Green Careers Meet and Greet

The Festival Finale will showcase and celebrate teaching and research focused on environmental sustainability, and RPI students will run kiosks for kids to share their excitement and knowledge about an array of environmental topics.  There will be performances by jugglers, parkour athletes, and music ensembles, a green career meet-and-greet, and a screening of the film, Bidder 70, followed by a discussion run by RPI students about intergenerational ethics and environmental activism.


The Festival Finale will be at the RPI Student Union on 15th Street.  All activities will be free and open to the public.