My students are natural born scientists and explorers. They just don't know it yet! They are inquisitive, they want to learn, they're analytical, they crave new learning experiences, want to search for meaning and truth, share their own stories, and become agents of change to make the world a more verdant place. And it is my job to facilitate and give them access to the knowledge and the skills they need to get the answers and purpose they seek. We, like many public schools, struggle with purchasing new supplies, especially technology, and we must then rely on your generosity to fill in the financial and ultimately learning gaps that allow us to get the technology, experiences, and opportunities our students need to grow into passionate academics and global citizens.
Two years ago my students dreamt of flying a drone above our school and in the forest preserve we often take field trips to in order to assess the changes in landscape, development and to simply have a great time while out of the classroom. We have used our drone to measure temperature variations, altitude and to collect other telemetric data, all metrics that students used in learning to ask and answer questions, formulate a hypothesis or come up with theories about observed phenomena. Thanks to many generous donors, we were able to receive that drone and use it often.
This year, we are dreaming of exploring our local watershed, Lake Michigan and the Chicago River, while focusing even more on aquatic field data collection that is otherwise inaccessible.
Many of my students are fascinated by the possibilities for field work that lie below the surface, possibilities including turbidity, temperature, flow rate, and most interesting of all the plethora of assessing macro-invertebrates and other species of plants and animals via live video feed. In addition, I would love to start some data collection around plastic pollution, as well as survey invasive species like Asian Carp and Zebra mussels.
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