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Environmental Education Exploration: Grades 6-8

To reserve your field trip or learn more about these programs contact Ariane Francis at 480-782-2886. 

Hydroelectricity 
One of the cleanest and most reliable sources of energy is hydroelectricity. Students will learn how dammed water can be used as a potential energy to drive a water turbine and generator to create power. In this program students will create their own micro-hydro turbine demonstrating the surprising amount of electricity a small supply of pressured water, can create. 

Renewable Energy and Sustainability
Renewable is a term applied to natural resources and refers to those resources that can be renewed or replenished in a short period of time. Through demonstrations students will learn what energy is and the different forms it comes in. They will see energy conservation first-hand through green practices at the EEC, consider the impact of human energy use, and innovate ways to conserve and use resources sustainably. 

Photosynthesis
One of the major difference between plants and animals on earth is the ability of plants to internally manufacture their own food. Students will learn photosynthesis, a plant's process of converting light energy into chemical energy.

Weather Phenomenon 
There are socially and scientifically constructed understandings of what weather is and what makes it change. Students will conduct experiments that demonstrate how weather is driven and how temperatures differ from polar to tropical regions of the earth.