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Play-based learning is at the heart of the city’s new green education space

Play-based learning is at the heart of the city’s new green education space

“Our goal is to capture the imagination of the children who spend time here, and to motivate them to take action.”

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The walls come alive when the lights dim and projections animate the inanimate.

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The projections on one wall are guided by black lines stencilled on vertical surfaces. They fill a fridge full of cartoony food, drinks, and more.

The viewer is asked to look in the refrigerator and identify items that could be replaced by something that produces less waste. The projection changes as soon as the viewer touches the item. A pack of six water bottles becomes a pitcher. A disposable grocery bag becomes a reusable bag. And the plastic produce bag that contained lettuce disappears.

This interactive game shows you how small, yet concrete, actions can reduce waste in your home. It is just one of many activities that the City of Reginas Waste Management Centre has unveiled Monday.

Our goal is to capture the imaginations of the children who visit the city, to inspire them to take action, bring it home to their parents, and have a discussion, Kurtis Donney, director of waste water and environment, stated during the unveiling. We believe that kids can be the catalyst of positive change in their families, and in their communities.

An interactive display (right) is projected onto the wall of the Education Room at the citys Waste Management Centre.
An interactive display (right), is projected onto the wall at the Waste Management Centre’s Education Room. Photo by Michael Bell /Michael Bell
An interactive display is projected onto the walls of the Education Room at the citys Waste Management Centre.
An interactive display is projected onto a wall in the Education Room of the city’s Waste Management Centre. Photo by Michael Bell /Michael Bell

The room is designed with play-based learning in mind. Schools and community groups can book the room for their children to learn about everything, from natural resources and water conservation to waste reduction strategies and what should be flushed down the toilet.

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One wall even asks visitors to answer questions about what to do with broken items such as a phone screen or a bicycle. It can be thrown in the trash, recycled, or repaired. Each choice allows the projections to move and change, allowing visitors to see how the items can change and what the best outcome is for the environment.

A commissioned art piece by Regina artist Bruno Hernani will greet visitors to the centre. It includes single-use plastics and other recyclable materials.

The multi-media work features images of grain elevators, and his engineering skills to create magnetic fields to move small wheat fields.

Monday’s Hernani stated that when you see all the plastic on the fields and in different pictures around the world, it is kind of inspiring to see how that can be transformed and how we have power in ourselves to make a difference.

Bruno Hernani poses in front of his art installation outside the Education Room at the citys Waste Management Centre. The piece, made with recycled materials, will inspire individuals to think about how the choices they make impact the environment.
Bruno Hernani poses in front his art installation at the city’s Waste management Centre. The piece, which is made of recycled materials, will inspire people to think about the impact they have on the environment. Photo by Michael Bell /Michael Bell

Construction of the Waste Management Centre finished in the fall of 2021. Work on the education room is ongoing. Graphics eMotion, a Montreal-based company, was hired to design the room. This was based on the information that the city wanted for kids. The project cost about $300,000.

Kim Onrait (executive director of citizen services for the City) stated that it is true that adults can learn from children. Even the youngest people who pass through these rooms will be able help us achieve that vision.

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