VIRTUAL PROGRAMS & EVENTS

Programs & Events

Facing Forward: Essential Workers, Essential Stories

Join the Gates Foundation Discovery Center and Civic Commons as we continue “Facing Forward,” a virtual series that highlights our exhibit “Enduring COVID-19: Stories from our Transforming World.” This event will feature essential workers, as they share stories and insights about how they are helping to meet the needs of their communities during the pandemic.

For far too long, it was easy to overlook the roles essential workers play in daily life. But when the Covid pandemic hit, we saw the importance not only of medical professionals but grocery-store employees, daycare providers, and bus drivers. Join us for a virtual conversation with essential workers as we hear how they managed being on the frontlines of a crisis that upended their own lives, as well as the lives of their customers, clients and passengers.

This discussion will be moderated by local storyteller Rosette Royale (he/she/they). Speakers include: Jaimée Marsh (they/she), executive director, FEEST Lois Martin (she/her), director, Community Day Center for Children Shawn Thurman (he/him), registered nurse, Seattle Indian Health Board

Virtual High School Summer Workshop: Global Goals

Entering Grades: 9 – 12

Explore the world and learn to Take Action on Global Goals! This Workshop lets High School youth explore global and local challenges by learning more about local, regional, and global social issues that inform the Sustainable Development Global Goals (SDGs). Take a deep dive into the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and engage with “Change Makers” working locally and globally to create positive change. The workshop will end with an optional in-person field trip. Details about the field trip are being confirmed and will be shared with registered attendees. This workshop has a capacity limit of 25.

In-Person High School Summer Workshop: Take Action on Global Goals

Entering Grades: 9 – 12

Explore the world and learn to Take Action on Global Goals! This Workshop lets High School youth explore global and local challenges by learning more about local, regional, and global social issues that inform the Sustainable Development Global Goals (SDGs). Take a deep dive into the work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and engage with “Change Makers” working locally and globally to create positive change. The workshop will end with an optional in-person field trip. Details about the field trip are being confirmed and will be shared with registered attendees. The capacity limit for this in-person summer workshop is 15 students.

Virtual High School Summer Workshop: How Does the World Feed Itself?

Entering Grades 9 – 12.

Everyone needs nutritious food, but not everyone has equal access to it. In this workshop, we’ll explore how social and economic power structures play a role in our food system. We’ll also discover foods from around the world and critically examine global and U.S. food systems. Hear first-hand from local speakers working on food justice and apply your learning from the week to a garden design project!  The workshop will end with an optional in-person field trip. Details about the field trip are being confirmed and will be shared with registered attendees. This workshop has a capacity limit of 25.

In-Person Middle School Summer Workshop: Using Design Thinking to Reinvent the Toilet

Entering Grades: 7 – 8 Everybody poops! While it may seem odd to talk about it, sanitation is a serious global issue. This in-person workshop will use the topic of global sanitation and toilets to explore the design thinking process and how these ideas are being used on new innovative ideas to “reinvent the toilet.” Join us for some toilet talk as we take on this fascinating topic and explore some global solutions. The workshop will end with an optional in-person field trip. Details about the field trip are being confirmed and will be shared with registered attendees. The capacity limit for this in-person summer workshop is 15 students.

Virtual High School Summer Workshop: Fighting Disease Around the World

Entering Grades 9 –  12
Join us for a workshop focused on global health exploration! This Workshop will introduce a different disease each day, where we will consider strategies for fighting them, discuss equity issues, and explore incredible innovations. Each day we will learn from global health experts including Gates Foundation staff and partners. This summer workshop is excellent for students considering a career in healthcare or science. The workshop will end with an optional in-person field trip. Details about the field trip are being confirmed and will be shared with registered attendees. This workshop has a capacity limit of 25.

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