Core Value: Impact

We apply what we learn to improve our world.

Last year, in FLL, when the topic was water and how to save it, our team worked together to find a solution that was not only implementable, but also viable enough so that we could try and do it ourselves. After going through many different solutions, we decided to just raise awareness. This means encouraging people to try different solutions to save water including adding a dual flush to your toilet, reducing your shower time by timing it, using apps to monitor your water usage, using a low flow faucet aerator, using a fluid water meter, and not just dumping out your leftover water, but using it for other things like watering your plants. Our team did a great job raising awareness in different ways. One of those ways was giving out surveys, whether it was sending them out to your friends in a message group or handing them out when we were at a public event. We also raised awareness on our website napervillefriends.com. We wrote entries and short paragraphs about how to
save water. Even after the FLL tournament was over, we kept spreading awareness, and if we keep doing that, it will impact and improve our world.

Fun

Fun is very important. Without fun, nobody could enjoy themselves. In fact, that reminds me of a story…

I was about 7 at the time, going to swimming lessons every week. The problem was, I didn’t like them. I dreaded these classes, and my overall mood lowered, making me sad. Eventually, my parents noticed and took me out of the classes. Later, they booked a piano class, which was much more interesting and gave me something to do at home. My mood improved, and I had something to practice at home, too! Afterwards, I became very good at piano, practicing at a senior level.

It just goes to show that fun is very important.

The ISS

Chances are, you’ve heard of the ISS (International Space Station). It’s one of the most famous spacecrafts in the world. But what exactly is it?

WHAT DOES IT DO?                                                                                                                                   The ISS is important because of two main reasons. (1) It allows humans to live in space and allow NASA scientists back on earth to be able to identify outer space’s effects on their bodies and (2) allow inhabitants of it to perform research that can’t be done in any location on earth. This produces products in everyday life, called ‘spinoffs’. The International Space Station is also one of NASA’s first steps towards the exploration of other planets.

The ISS is one of the most important manmade creations in the world, aiding scientific researchers in exploration and maybe even colonization of other worlds.