CMA Conducts a Climate Resiliency Assessment in their Neighborhood
Last Friday, the green team students from CMA stayed late after school to conduct a climate resiliency assessment in the surrounding neighborhood. Students split into small groups to get closer looks at the houses, churches, stores, and other buildings in the community to see how they would be affected by the local impacts of climate change. These students are participating in the NOAA Climate Resiliency from the Youth Up program and their green school coordinator is Ms. Martin.
Cass Tech Spends a Day on the River
The Green Team from Cass Tech had the opportunity to go on a field trip with the Great Lakes Education Program (GLEP) and learn hands-on about great lakes ecology this past week! The trip included an on-land exploration into the coastal cattail marsh ecosystem as well as a boat trip to learn about water quality and the aquatic ecosystem of the Detroit river. Highlights from the day included using an underwater camera to examine the river bed, and getting the chance to learn about and touch a live Eastern Fox Snake! The Sustainability Coordinator for Cass Tech is Ms. Cunningham.
The Harms Green Team Promotes Conserving Energy!
Over the last few weeks, the Harms Elementary Green Team has been collecting information about how they use energy in their classroom and the environmental impact of using more than you need. To finish out the energy unit, students came together in small groups to design and create posters that promote lowering energy usage throughout the school. The Sustainability Coordinator at Harms is Ms. Waldron.
Maybury Elementary’s Green Team Fills their Plates!
This week, the Green Team at Maybury Elementary colored plates to represent the main food groups for daily nutrition recommendations. Students will use the plate to guidetheir nutritional choices around vegetables, fruit, grains, protein, and dairy. Students will continue to learn about nutrition and gardening for the next few weeks! TheSustainability Coordinator at Maybury is Bruna Guerra-Lawton
Cody Prepares for a Volunteering Event with University of Michigan Students!
The team at Cody High School is gearing up for a volunteer event they’re hosting this Saturday with College students from U of M to work on Hope Park. In this photo, Cody students can be seen standing on top of the playing mounds they built that will be planted with grass during the event. All of this work is being done to prep for the busy summer ahead of the team. The Sustainability Coordinator at Cody is Ms. Chelsea Owens.
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Cooke Gets Ready to Sprout in the Spring!
This week, the Green Team at Cooke STEM academy began their process to grow radishes in the classroom. Here the students are spraying hydrogen peroxide into a paper towel to prepare the seeds for sprouting. This is part of the Gardens, Food, and Nutrition unit and we’re looking forward to seeing the radish harvest at the end of the Spring! The Sustainability Coordinator at Cooke is Ms. Angela Perrini.
Drew Students Immerse Themselves in Upcycling Projects
The Green Team at Drew Transitional Center has gone above and beyond with their efforts to keep as much waste as possible out of the landfills. ‘d like to profile the “cart” of breakfast containers, juice containers, etc. that one group washes/cleans so we can add that to our recycling pile and these items don’t end up in a landfill. This project was taken on by Melzitta Davis’s students in room 19 are integral to this project, as the students wash all of the breakfast containers, juice containers, and much more so there are materials ready to recycle and upcycle. Additionally, you can see the “mat” for the homeless that we are weaving out of “plarn” as well. The others show a variety of uses with plarn, the “morning” breakfast bags can’t be recycled, so students are cutting them, making mosaics, creating colorful containers to give to staff, and much more! Our goal is to make a “wall” of posters with the all of the individual mosaics to display. The Sustainability Coordinator at Drew is Mr. Jay Greenberg.
*NOTE: Drew is still running a Crayola marker recycling program! Please notify your Green School Coordinator if you’d like to participate in this awesome effort!*
Davidson Students Research Lead and Its Impact on the Human Body
Students at Davidson Elementary learned about the effects lead has on children. The Green Team is currently working through the water unit and their research will be important for their understanding of how water sources become contaminated. The Sustainability Coordinator at Davidson is Ms. Maclin.
Students Of Hutchinson Middle School are creating their own PSA’s to express the importance of renewable energy and recycling! Here, the students are creating posters and looking for sound effects and music to put together a full campaign on how to make their school and community greener. The Sustainability Coordinator at Hutchinson is Ms. Johnson.
The Schulze Green Team Dives into Energy Research
This week the 6th graders from Schulze Elementary-Middle compared their research notes on clean energy and climate change. The students are currently on their energy unit and are working to gain a better understanding of energy sources and their effect on the world around us. The Sustainability Coordinator at Schulze is Ms. Kim Bonk.
The Charles R. Drew Transitional Center
Students at the Drew Transitional Center made their way around the school to conduct a recycling patrol. The Green Team here services the entire school every Friday morning and has collected hundreds of pounds of recyclable materials over the year. The Sustainability Coordinator at Drew is Jay Greenberg.
Cass Tech Takes a Trip to Ann Arbor
The students of Cass Tech went on a field trip to U of M’s School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) to learn about career pathways within sustainability and speak with researchers and scientists working on a range of topics from environmental justice to climatology. The Sustainability Coordinator is Ms. Jane Cunningham.
John R. King takes a Community Inventory
This week the students at John R. King completed their community walkabout. On their walk, the students noticed a build up of trash in front of the school and they’re looking forward to starting a project to clean up their school grounds and create a more positive environment for all of the other students. The Sustainability Coordinator at John R. King is Ms. Brown.
The Pulaski Green Team Mines for Chocolate Chip Coal
The Green Team members at Pulaski were excited to explore the difference between renewable energy sources and non-renewable energy sources by “mining for coal” using chocolate chip cookies and toothpicks! Afterwards, students discussed how mining for coal affects the land and the habitats that exist there. The Sustainability Coordinator at Pulaski is Ms. Valentine.
Maybury Students ‘Power Up’ Using Unexpected Materials
This week at Maybury Elementary School the green team used a lemon to create a battery so students can learn about electrochemical energy. In the energy unit, green teams are working on gaining a better understanding on alternative sources of energy. This lesson was a way to show how we can find and use energy in surprising places! The Sustainability Coordinator at Maybury Elementary School is Ms. Guerra-Lawton.
Cooke STEM Academy Students Create Their Own Wind Turbines
This week at Cooke Stem Academy the green team made wind turbines to learn about renewable sources of energy. Students used note cards and cotton swabs to create mini windmills that demonstrated how wind energy is caught and then converted into usable energy. The Sustainability Coordinator at Cooke is Ms. Perrini.