Our club is one of the few afterschool clubs at our school in the greater Orlando area.
Our middle school is a Title I school that is struggling to help connect our students to the math, science, and technology areas that create the growing divide in those who do or don't make it to college.
As a Science teacher, I take a certain level of pride in trying to create lessons and projects that deepen, enrich, and inspire my students to see themselves as more than just 'students' in our school and community.
Our school is has 1219 students with 47.9% Hispanic (a majority of whom English is their second language), and 46.2% Haitian/African American. All of our students receive free breakfast, lunch, and dinner due to our school's Title 1 status. Though behavior is a regular issue, our school practices restorative justice to help students resolve issues instead of immediate suspension.
Students will be collecting water samples and conducting biodiversity indexes of our school's retention pond. Students will collect this data over a few months and then create floating gardens to help improve the water quality and biodiversity within the pond. Students will make regular observations and water quality checks to measure the impact of these floating gardens.
Students will be actively engaging in environmental science practices to gain real data on their impact of the biodiversity and water quality on campus.
Our requested supplies are the three major components needed to construct our floating gardens. These items will create the plant bed in which the plants will grow.
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