I teach at a Title I school. Many students get free or reduced-price lunch. The majority of students come from low socioeconomic backgrounds and may only get the two meals a day they receive at the high school. The majority are also English language learners.
My students are filled with personality and many have experienced hardship no sixteen-year-old should have experienced.
Unfortunately, my students can barely bring in the basics they need to be a prepared learner in class (paper, pencil). But what they do bring is enthusiasm, positive attitude, and imagination. Our campus has a strong sense of community; we really are a family. We even have a supper program where students can eat dinner after school for free.
I am going to introduce my students to the IF/THEN collection so they can learn about strong women in the STEM field, like Sam Wynns, a Conservation Biologist for the National Parks Service. She preserves the plants and animals of Cabrillo National Monument by collecting data and doing field studies of species populations.
My students will use a drone when we study spatial ecology.
With a drone students can go on hikes and see the variety of plants and birds in our area. Using the drone to take videos and photos of areas that are difficult to get to get to, like the canopy of trees, will make data collection easier and also mimic what field biologists do to track and study plant and wildlife populations. Students will be able to do species diversity surveys with the drone. My class has one drone through a different project and it would be great if we could get an additional drone to expand the program. Students will practice using the drone by studying the plants and grasses on our campus before we go out into the field.
My students also need a hydroponics system to study the different ways that people can use water to grow their food when soil and traditional farming or gardening methods may not be ideal. Hydroponics can save water and eliminate weeds.
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