I cannot say for sure whether there has been a ripple effect from my actions, but it seems that I am at least having an effect on the students that I am mentoring. For the most part, the students that I see in person at Silver Creek use us to help them come up with ideas for possible projects. They are already pretty educated about sustainability, but I think my partner and I have been able to teach them a little bit more.
For the most part, I think that we have been able to expand their concept of sustainability to include things that they might not have necessarily known about. For example, when they were asking us what types of projects would count for the category Food/Agriculture, we gave them a few different ideas which illustrated the different ways in which sustainability is linked to food and agriculture. Once they heard about these different perspectives, they were able to formulate their own projects with the new information. However, I do not want to take too much credit because these students are incredibly bright and self motivated. I am surprised every time that I visit Silver Creek by how dedicated they are to their club (Conservation Corps) when they have so many other things going on. Many of the seniors do an ample amount of work on projects for the Sustainability Decathlon even though they have hours and hours and hours of AP Calculus work. At their busiest week of planning, they were still excited and efficient.
I hope that on the day of the Exhibition these students, as well as all of the other students participating in the Sustainability Decathlon will be able to inspire other people with the work they have done. Unfortunately, last time this class was offered I was unable to stay for the presentations and judging, so I am particularly excited to see the students from all of the schools present their projects.