Most of my students come from low-income households with a mixture of background experiences. Our school is in a small to medium-sized city in a farming area. Most of my students have not experienced the natural environment outside of city parks and have not been very successful in science classes in the past.
My students need an understanding of the natural world to make educated decisions that they will face as adults in the world.
Many of my students have not been successful in traditional classes, but when they get outside they can make connections to bookwork by experiencing the concepts firsthand. My students have not made the connection between how their actions will affect their local environment and, in turn, how their local environment will affect the state, country and world.
The students will experience the practical uses of clean energy and the force of the wind in the Ecology of the Outdoor Lab. Students use the wind meters to collect data in different locations in the Ecology Lab. The students will compare the different wind blocking effects of different types of natural planting. This service learning experience will help predict effectiveness of different natural materials to reduce the energy of school building due to wind exposure.
Your donation will be used by students for years as they work to maintain and develop their understanding of the physics of wind.
It is the ultimate goal to host the the elementary and middle school students on field trips to the Ecology Lab for Wind Days in the Ecology Lab.
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