Ollie's World website program is an industry-led interactive environmental education initiative that encourages children, their parents, teachers, and community groups to appreciate their connection to the natural world and to understand their "ecological footprint."
Ollie's World is the umbrella site for the suite of Ollie web sites, produced to support the Ollie Programs in various countries. Ollie's World contains two sections - one for adults and one for kids. This site also provides an Educator Section.
Ollie's World introduces the concept of sustainability and asks users to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink their actions in the areas of waste, water, energy, air and biodiversity. It does this within the context of local conditions and local educational guidelines.
Educators, industry representatives and experts in multimedia in Australia and America developed the Ollie Program, utilizing interactive technology to create a learning tool for children between the ages of 5 - 13 years that is exciting, challenging and up-to-date with environmental information. RAM assisted in the content development for the U.S. version.
You can sample some of the content from Ollie's World. Ollie takes you through introductory information about sustainability, recycling, and other issues, then use interactive activities to reinforce the information. At the advanced level, Ollie allows children to carry out their own community projects, such as performing a recycling or biodiversity audit, or publishing their own web site to illustrate their activities.
Ollie even has his own rap song to help get you started!
The Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) worked with Ollie USA, Inc. to distribute Ollie Saves the Planet in the U.S. In Australia, students and teachers used Ollie as a basis for creating a sustainable school!
Check out Ollie's World at http://www.olliesworld.com/index.html.