The school at which I teach is designed to support students with significant mental health needs. We provide extensive mental health services throughout the school day to help them be successful. We support them in learning the self-regulation and peer interaction skills that are necessary for them to be successful in their home districts.
Despite their significant mental health needs, they are still very inquisitive and eager to learn especially when the material is presented in an engaging manner.
They love hands-on opportunities.
My students attend a school for individuals with significant mental health needs. Due to these significant needs and the remote rural location of our school, the students are rarely able to attend field trips.
I would like to bring in an educator from the Science Museum of Minnesota to lead an assembly on and teach a residency class with our third through fifth grade students on the science of energy.
This opportunity will allow them to have an experience that is more similar to their peers in the general education setting.
I also want to give them access to the expertise that the educators from the Science Museum of Minnesota have without having to travel a significant distance.
The topics that will be covered in this visit are as follows:
-Energy must come from somewhere, appears in many different forms, and can change from one form to another.
-Electrical energy can be generated from renewable and nonrenewable resources.
-Technologies designed for harnessing energy have positive and negative impacts on the natural world as more engineered products and services are created and used.
-People influence decisions about how energy sources are obtained, transferred, and used.
-Decreasing the use of electrical energy can reduce pollution, save money, and conserve limited resources.
-Engineers design new technologies to solve problems faced by people and society.
The students I work with love science and hands-on learning opportunities. I believe that this opportunity will grow their love of learning and science and may inspire their interest in the science of energy and ways for our society to save energy and use more renewable resources in the future. I hope that I will be able to provide them with this opportunity.
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