Focus on Environmental Science & Engineering
Teacher: Tracy Quick
Class Fees: $240 or $230 per trimester if taking 2 or more classes. Can be split into 3 equal payments.
Mat Fees: $30
This class will incorporate ecology, biology, physics, chemistry, zoology, mineralogy, oceanology, limnology, soil science, geology, atmospheric science, and geography to study the environment, and find solutions to everyday problems.
This trimester we will investigate and compare conventional, hydroponic, and aquaponic farming techniques! We will not only learn about hydroponics and aquaponics, but we will design and build our own small closed systems and compare product output. We will learn what is essential for plant growth, learn to test ph, and discuss the pros and cons of all systems.
Winter Trimester: Energy
Construction Challenge Trimester 2: Energy- Where does it come from, and how can we use it? (Conversion of energies- solar, physical, chemical, renewable energy projects, etc.)
Students will be introduced to renewable and conventional energy types — electrical, light, sound, thermal, chemical, wind, hydro, and solar power. They will learn about the law of conservation of energy, the two states of energy- potential and kinetic, and how engineers design solutions to energy needs utilizing the most efficient type of energy for each situation. By discussing and working independently and collaboratively on problems and projects (using green snap circuits to convert energies, building hydro-powered water wheels, producing biofuel- ethanol, building a parabolic solar water heater, etc.), they will improve their understanding of the different energy sources, the pros and cons of using each, and know which energy source is the best for each application.
Spring Trimester: Feeding our World
This trimester we will look at conventional, hydroponic, and aquaponic farming techniques! We will not only learn about hydroponics but we will also build our own closed system!