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Scavenger Hunt: What's New in Contraception and Reproductive Health

Included in this month's learning activity are the following sections:

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At the completion of the activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify local, national and on-line resources for current reproductive health information, and

  2. Educate a friend about a new contraceptive method or another reproductive health advance.


Total class time is 75 minutes.

Part I: 15 minutes in class

Part II: 60 to 120 minutes out of class for youth

Part III: 60 minutes in class



  1. Identify sites where youth have free internet access such as school, libraries, and community centers.

  2. Review the Educator Resource to ensure topics are consistent with your family life or health curriculum. Omit topics that are inappropriate.

  3. Duplicate and cut Topic Cards for youth. Put one card for each youth in your class in an envelope or all cards in a basket.

  4. Identify community resources that provide the latest information about contraceptives and other reproductive advancements. Community resources might include health departments, community clinics, Planned Parenthoods, or specific health educators, nurses, counselors or physicians.


Part I — Prepare Youth to Conduct Scavenger Hunt

  1. Introduce the Activity.

Explain to students that they will be going on a scavenger hunt. This will not be a traditional scavenger hunt, but a hunt for current information on new contraceptive methods and other reproductive health advances. The facilitator will provide the topics, and the youth will search and find web sites, hotline/toll free numbers and community resources that provide information on those topics.

The youth can work alone or in pairs. Let the youth know where they can get free internet access. Tell them when they need to have the scavenger hunt completed.
  1. Review the Scavenger Hunt Worksheet.

Pass out the Scavenger Hunt Worksheet and give students a chance to review it. Answer any questions they may have. Give each youth an envelope containing a Topic Card or pass around the basket containing all the cards and have each youth blindly draw a card from the basket. Inform them that the topic on their card is theirs to research. Ask them to write their topic on their worksheets.

  1. Brainstorm Scavenger Hunt Ideas.

Lead a short brainstorming session to allow youth to generate ideas on how to identify each of the three types of information resources (community-based organizations, toll free numbers and websites). Ideas could include looking in the phone book and newspaper, asking librarians, friends and adults, calling information (411) and conducting internet searches.

Part II — Youth Conduct the Scavenger Hunt

  1. Provide Assistance as Needed.
Share information as needed from the Educator Resource to assist youth who are having a difficult time finding resources.
  1. Youth Conduct Scavenger Hunt.

Youth will spend between one to two hours completing the scavenger hunt.

Part III — Share Results of Scavenger Hunt

  1. Youth Report Back.
Write the topics (i.e., emergency contraception, female condom, etc.) in a horizontal line on the board, so resources the youth found can be listed underneath each topic heading. Ask youth to write the resources they found for their topics on the board. After all resources have been posted on the board, ask the youth who researched the first topic to take two minutes or less to explain highlights of what they learned about the topic to the group. Repeat this process for each of the topics.
  1. Debrief the Activity.

Lead a group discussion using the following questions:

  • Which type of information resources (community-based organizations, toll free numbers, web sites) were easier to find and which were harder to find? Explain.

  • Once you identified the information resources, which one was easiest for you to use as you learned about your topic? Which one gave you the most useful information?

  • What else did you learn as a result of completing the scavenger hunt?

  • What did you learn that will help you the next time you want to search for information on a health topic?
  1. Summarize the Main Points of the Activity.
Congratulate the youth on their good work. Acknowledge that they successfully identified many different information resources on the topics. They also learned a lot about new contraceptive methods and other reproductive advances. Let them know that you hope they will continue to use this skill of identifying information resources in their own lives. Summarize any other main points that arose during the activity.