STEM

Energy Systems Unit: Shark Tank


This unit in Science class at the Freshman Academy we learned about renewable energy sources, global warming, and the effect that humans have on the temperature of the atmosphere. We worked in groups of three or four students to create a useful and meaningful product that uses a renewable energy source. We were really given the reins with the creativity aspect of this project. We were urged to help solve a world problem that affects a large demographic of people like world hunger, food waste, pollution, etc. We had to present our finished product to a “Shark Tank” panel of the business leaders in the community. We went on a field trip to show and inform us on some of the renewable energy sources that exists in the world and in your own community. We went to the Saddleback Wind Farm and we saw the wind turbines and we got an inside look of the misconceptions of wind power and how the wind turbines are fixed, maintained, and how they know how much wind power is being generated. Then we went to the hydro dam in Rumford. We saw the inside of the hydro dam and saw the three vertical turbines and the horizontal turbine unit which is what moves when the water moves and the mechanical energy created by the turbines moving is what creates the energy. This unit was a very interactive unit and we had a lot of control about what we wanted to create for our final project and we were showed the skills needed to be successful in a group.

-Emily

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From pH to turbidity, students will plan and conduct an investigation of local streams and its effects on the Earths surface. Students will analyze data about Earth to show how one change to Earth's surface impacts Earth's spheres.

Science In The News

According to research conducted at McGill University in Montreal a new theory has emerged for how Earth's crust was created.

Conventional theory holds that all of the early Earth's crustal ingredients were formed by volcanic activity. Now, however, earth scientists have published a theory with a novel twist: some of the chemical components of this material settled onto Earth's early surface from the steamy atmosphere that prevailed at the time.

To learn more about this and other current Earth Science research click the link below.

Students visited the Maine Gem and Mineral Museum on a recent placed-based learning experience with a hands-on exploration of meteorites, moon rocks, and even a piece of Mars that contain clues to how the earth was created.

This is what the payoff from perseverance looks like

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