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Identify Ways to Reuse Olympic Facilities

Students will conduct research to learn about the fate of past Olympic venues. They will identify ways these venues can be reused to benefit the local economy. They will draw plans and/or write a proposal outlining their ideas.

PROCESS: 

  1. As a class, brainstorm a list of facilities that would be required to host the winter Olympic games. If necessary, point out that this includes more than venues for sporting events. Hosting the Olympics also requires structures to support the athletes, press and spectators who attend. And some facilities can have more than one use.
  2. Invite students to scour the Internet to find examples of sporting venues and other facilities used in past winter Olympics. What is their status now? Are they being utilized in a useful way or have they been abandoned? 
  3. Have students go online to learn about the upcoming games in PyeongChang, Korea. Instruct students to select one facility that will be used during these games. If possible, have them find out how that facility will be used when the games are over. Then challenge students to identify creative ways they think the facility could or should be reused. Encourage students to draw plans and/or write a proposal about their ideas.

ASSESSMENT: 

Invite students to share their ideas with the class. Encourage classmates to discuss the merits of each proposal. Challenge them to identify the most creative and most practical ways to reuse the Olympic facilities.

CUSTOMIZE THE LESSON: 

Grades 3-4:
As a class, select one winter Olympic sport. Have students conduct research to learn about venues where this sporting event was held in past Olympics and where it will be held in PyeongChang, Korea. Rejoin as a class to share the results. Brainstorm a list of ways a facility like this could be reused after the Olympics. Encourage each student to draw a picture of his or her proposed solution.
Grades 5-6:
As a class, select one winter Olympic sport. Divide the class into small groups. Instruct each group to conduct research to learn about venues where this sporting event was held in past Olympics and where it will be held in PyeongChang, Korea. Challenge each group to identify a creative way to reuse a facility like this after the Olympics. Encourage groups to draw detailed plans of their ideas. Compare and contrast the results.  
Grades 7-8:
Divide the class into small groups. Instruct each group to select one Olympic sporting venue or other type of facility. There can be repeats. Have groups conduct research to learn about the fate of similar facilities following past Olympic games. Challenge them to select what they think is the best way to reuse a facility like this or come up with a creative new solution of their own. Instruct students to draw detailed plans and write a proposal outlining their ideas.
Grades 9-10:
Divide the class into pairs. Instruct partners to select one Olympic sporting venue or other type of facility. There can be repeats. Have students conduct research to learn about the fate of similar facilities following past Olympic games. Challenge them to select what they think is the best way to reuse a facility like this or come up with a creative new solution of their own. Instruct students to draw detailed plans and write a proposal outlining their ideas. Have students pitch their ideas to the class, explaining why their solution would benefit the local economy. If more than one pair focused on the same type of facility, have students vote to identify the best fit for the community.