Environmental Slam

2019 Environmental  Slam

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Thank you to all the participants of the 2018 Environmental Slam! We are gearing up for our next event on Thursday, April 18th the Youngstown Cultural Center. If you are interested in participating, please email Tim for more information. We will be posting more details in the coming weeks about the event.


What is the Environmental Slam?

The Environmental Slam is a regional, student-focused, community event that features short presentations by middle and high school youth on a local and actionable environmental issue of their choosing.

  • Student teams or individuals present their environmental issue in front of a live audience in the spirit of a “slam” style performance which is characterized by a short (5 minutes) informative and entertaining presentation.
  • The Slam is intended to educate both the community audience and the students themselves as they research and develop their presentation.
  • Participants compete for two prizes: a People’s Choice Award determined by audience vote and a Judge’s Choice Award determined by a panel of experts in environmental fields.

How Can I Participate in the Slam?

Any individual or team of middle or high-school students in the Seattle area may apply to participate in the regional Slam in Seattle. Students usually work with a teacher or other adult within their school or organization for assistance with selecting an environmental issue, guidelines for preparing the presentation, answering questions, and to complete the application on WFFE’s website (Google form coming shortly!).

Once you have decided if they are working alone or with a team, work with your adult adviser or teacher to choose a local or regional environmental issue that is actionable, meaning that people can change their behavior in some way to have a positive impact on the issue. The selected issue should be simple and straightforward and can be summarized in a five-minute presentation. Once selected, you and your teammates independently research your chosen issue.

  • Once you have researched your issue, you will create an original five-minute presentation using the Scoring Rubric as a guide. See the rubric here: Environmental Slam Rubric Panelists. The presentation should highlight why the issue is important and what the audience needs to know about the issue you selected.
  • You must complete an online registration form in order for team(s)/individual(s) to participate. This is usually completed by your teacher or other adult. Please complete your registration prior to April 1, 2019. Once your registration is received, Tim Owens, Slam Coordinator will contact you with a confirmation email. Tim can be reached at timo@explorer-west.org.
  • Please invite and encourage members of your school/organization community to attend the Environmental Issues Slam on the evening of Thursday, April 18th at Youngstown Cultural Arts Center, 6:30-8:30pm in West Seattle. Ask your teacher for help in publishing information about the event in your school/organization newsletter or website, and post fliers in your building and neighborhood.
  • Please complete your registration prior to April 1, 2019. Once your registration is received, Tim Owens, Slam Coordinator will contact you with a confirmation email.

Selecting an Environmental Issue and Creating a Successful Presentation

Students should choose an environmental issue that they feel strongly about. It should be simple and straightforward and can be summarized in a five-minute presentation. The presentation should aim to highlight why the issue is important and what the audience should be aware of concerning the issue selected. Use the Environmental Slam Judge’s Rubric:  Environmental Slam Rubric Panelists.

The most successful presentations generally are fast moving and entertaining. They have a simple but important environmental lesson or point to be made. Any type of audio-visual aids are allowed and technology such as projectors and microphones will be available. Past presentations have included costumes and music, while others have been more straightforward talks. Both types of presentations have been effective and have won awards.

Schedule of Events: Date, Time, & Location

The Slam will be held at the Youngstown Cultural Arts Center located at 4408 Delridge Way SW Seattle, WA 98106 on Thursday, April 18, 2019, 6:30-8:30 pm. A thirty-minute social mixer will begin at 6:30 to give allow people to get acquainted and to ensure proper setup for the presentations. Drinks and appetizers will be provided. The presentations will begin at 7pm. Have Questions or Need Additional Information? If you have additional questions or would like more detailed information about registering to participate in the Slam, please contact Slam Coordinator and WFFE President, Tim Owens.

2018 Slam Participants 

Pollution’s Impact on Puget Sound Sea Life

Tim, Ethan, and Staten

Madison Middle School

Save the Spiny Dogfish

Margot, Keira, and Regan

Explorer West Middle School

Trashing Seattle’s Public Parks

Annie Means

West Seattle High School

Another One Bites the Coal

Sofia and Peter

Explorer West Middle School

We Are Activists—We Will Act On This!

Tyler, Deva, Allie, Mileana

Hazel Wolf K-8

Songs For a New World

John and Grace

Franklin High School

You Owe It to Her and You Owe It to Us

Pacifica, Sofia, Zaynib, Pio, Griffn

Hazel Wolf K-8

Killer Whales or Killed Whales?

Violet, Avery, Shona , Julia, and Frances

Explorer West Middle School

A Real Rescue

Paloma, Ruby, and Jazmine

Explorer West Middle School


Faye and Cece

Explorer West Middle School

The Judge’s pick this year was Annie Means from West Seattle H.S. who have a presentation regarding the need for recycling in Seattle’s Park System.

The Audience award this year went to Explorer West Middle School Students Violet, Avery, Shona, Julia and Frances. Their award was donated to the Orca Conservancy.

Our esteemed judges this year were:

  • Amy Kovacs, Sound Experience
  • Jesse Piedfort, NW Chapter of the Sierra Cluba
  • Maria Teresa Gamez, Zero Waste Washington

Thanks to Board VP Shuman,  for doing a stunt double of Ron Sims and acting as the Master of Ceremonies.



Makenzie White, a former student of Explorer West, who now attends the Northwest School, said this about the Environmental Slam:

 I have participated in the Environmental Slam for the last three years, and each time has taught me something valuable and useful that I doubt I could have learned elsewhere. Through the many issues that I researched, compiled information on, and presented to the audience I began to develop a passion for social change, leadership, and participation. At my last Slam my project (Students for Sustainable Slopes) even won, and I continue to work on it to this day. The Slam provided me with a launching board to promote development in my community, and as a consequence has made me feel like I have begun to successfully contribute to society and to my future.