Hot stuff: Coney kids talk global warming in climate change expo

Lorena Savitskiy (left) and Rehanna Washington (right), both in the forth grade, presented in the PS 90 Climate Change Expo on “upcycling”—the process of converting discarded materials into decoration
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These kids want the world to chill out!

Students at a Coney Island elementary school demonstrated a keen comprehension of global warming and discussed ways to stave off environmental disaster at a gymnasium-wide climate change expo on Friday.

Janiyah Robinson (left) and Victoria Blanco (right), two fifth graders, showcased a game made of recycled cans at PS 90’s Climate Change Expo.
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The science project gave kids an opportunity to learn about the planet — and inspired them to help save it, according to one pint-sized planeteer.

“[This project] gives me the courage to help this planet.” said Justin Brathwaite, a third grader at PS 90 Edna Cohen School.

Justin Brathwaite, in third grade, and Nicole, in fifth, spoke about the importance of composting at PS 90’s Climate Expo last Friday.
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At the expo, the budding environmentalists manned booths that stretched up and down the W. 12th Street school’s gym, where they spoke passionately about climate issues such as the risks polar bears face, how to clean up beaches, and fun ways to recycle.

Almost every booth included an interactive or artistic element, like a board game made from used materials or cardboard cut-out polar bears, and many students presented their projects using technological tools, like iPads, computer games, and presentation software. Two stations even featured robots that students had programmed themselves.

At PS 90’s Climate Change Expo on June 14, students presented on a variety of topics related to global warming, like composting, fun ways to recycle, and the risks polar bears face.
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“It’s like a puzzle,” third grader Alex Marin said about programming his robot, named Nao, which he instructed to dance and talk about climate change. “When I first saw [Nao] I was like, ‘How am I supposed to control this for the expo!’”

An hour and a half into the exhibition, parents, educators, and students visiting from other schools gathered in the middle of the gymnasium to hear the students sing. Accompanied by the music teacher who strummed along on a guitar, a group of older elementary schoolers sang three songs about saving the planet, including “This Pretty Planet” by Tom Chapin.

Students at PS 90 sang three songs about the environment at their school’s Climate Change Expo last Friday.
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“This pretty planet, spinning through space,” students cooed in a two-part round. “Your garden, your harbor, your holy place.”

Students in PS 90’s Robotics Club showcased Nao, a robot who can speak and dance, at the school’s Climate Change Expo last Friday.
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Reach reporter Rose Adams at radams@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–8306.

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