Project Based

Environmental Science

Wednesdays 1:15-3:30 

Instructor: Malika Bell, MS


Price: $500 per semester (this is a year-long course, so the price is $1000 for the whole year)

Satisfies the "g"  of the a-g requirement for those attending homeschools that can offer this option).


Environmental science is a course designed to teach about the interactions between Earth’s natural systems and the demands placed on them by the human population. This course examines the scientific principles behind natural phenomena and resource cycles, explores how we utilize these systems and our impact, and potential solutions for the resulting consequences of resource mismanagement and exploitation. This course is interdisciplinary including life science, physical science, and social science and focuses on breadth and the interrelatedness of relevant current events. Concepts will be explored through inquiry-based laboratory activities and student presentations and projects.


Project-based instruction engages learners in exploring authentic, important, and meaningful questions of real concern to students. Through a dynamic process of investigation and collaboration and using the same processes and technologies that real scientists, applied mathematicians, and engineers use, students work in teams to formulate questions, make predictions, design investigations, collect and analyze data, make products and share ideas. Students learn fundamental science and mathematical concepts and principles that they apply to their daily lives. 


Books:

Holt Environmental Science

ISBN-10: 0547904010
ISBN-13: 9780547904016
2013 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt


There will also be several books that we will be reviewing including:

Second Semester:

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, Revised Edition: by Marc Reisner

The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch in Natureby David George Haskell
Too Hot to Touch: The Problem of High-Level Nuclear Waste: by William M. Alley, Rosemarie Alley