Environmental Education Exploration for Grades 6-8
Although there is plenty of water on earth, it is not always in the right place, at the right time and of the right quality. Students will create and study their own watershed to demonstrate how rainfall is channeled and collected. Once the water is collected students will assess potential pollution sources, test water, and discuss current water conservation habits.
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.
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.
There are socially and scientifically constructed understandings of what weather is and what makes it change. Students will conduct experiments that demonstrate how the weather is driven and how temperatures differ from polar to tropical regions of the earth.
Students will investigate the natural phenomenon of Electricity, Magnetism, Gravity, and Electromagnetism through hands-on activities and experiments.