1) Last Community Event: This past Sunday, we went to our last community events to survey: The Earthquakes vs. Galaxy Game and the San Jose Flea Market. We had a great turnout at the stadium. Almost everyone we approached completed the survey. In addition, we were sharing a booth with the City of San Jose Recycling. They used a multiple of outreach activities that we found very efficient. The most attractive was a sorting activity where the participant throws bean bags labeled as a type of waste into bags categorized into trash, recycling, hazardous waste, etc.
We had a much harder time at the Flea Market. Just as we pulled into the parking lot, we saw ominous clouds hovering over the area. After sorting out where we set up a booth for free, we realize that we were suppose to bring all supplies. The spot we were given was literally an empty lot. So we stood there, two oddballs in the middle of the flea market with clipboards and surveys. People gave us suspicious looks and the impending rain did not help. We were pushed out of our comfort zone. After half an hour, we realize that 5 surveys may be all we were getting and called it a day. All in all, while the visit to the flea market was short, we both felt that we learned a lot and most important, it did not challenge us any less, if anything, it was a bigger challenge than surveying at the Earthquakes game. As we think about finalizing our outreach strategy recommendation, we need to find a way to convince the population who do not find hazardous waste yet relevant in their lives to care. We need to make disposing hazardous waste easy and convenient for everyone.
2) ARCGIS Map: We cleaned up our data and created layers to separate the type of wastes. We are ready to make the ArcGIS online map.
3) Partnership: After seeing the activities at the booth last Sunday, we have an idea of how to create a lesson plan for our partnership with the Tech Museum/schools.