Bio Geo Chemical Cycles!
Teacher: Lynnette Bedard
Cost: $230; discounted to $210 if taking 2 or more classes. Can be split into 3 equal payments
Planned as a 2 trimester class - 20 weeks
The Law of Conservation indicates that all matter moves in cycles...it is neither created or destroyed. Atoms in existence today are very, very, old. A carbon element in the air you are breathing today could have been buried as coal for 65 million years before being burned in a power plant, then have spent 20 years in the Earth’s atmosphere before being dissolved in the ocean and then taken up by an algae cell and then consumed plankton before being respired and again entering Earth’s atmosphere. The atoms in the air you just breathed while reading this, may contain the same atoms that Plato exhaled thousands of years ago.
In this Biogeochemical Cycles course student will explore the movement (or cycling) of matter through the Earth System. Students will examine systems in the fields of Biology, Geology, and Chemistry and how the laws of physics operate within the systems. To understand the cycles, students will create working models of the cycles. Additionally, students will conduct research and experiments to examine how the cycles can and have been harmed. and the effects Students will use their creative and critical thinking skills to develop solutions to save these natural cycles, repair them when they have been disrupted, and suggesting activities to assure the ongoing health of the cycles.
High School Credit may be available if additional reading and written work is conducted at home. This will be addressed on an individual basis.