Alternative Energy in the Garden

  • Location
    Inglewood, California
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The Problem

8th grade Green Ambassador students from Inglewood California's Environmental Charter Middle School would like to create and design a garden based lesson plan for elementary students focused on alternative energy solutions. The goal is to design a packaged lesson plan that is standard based and provides an example of how to utilize a perpetual resource in the garden. The lesson plan will be made accessible digitally to K-12 teachers and youth groups as an educational tool. If awarded the $400 mini-grant, we will use it to build a solar dehydrator as an example of an alternative energy solution. Blueprints for making your own will be included in the lesson plan as a project based activity.

Our Plan

Students will create a project based lesson plan that will be presented to a 5th-grade class at a neighboring elementary school. The lesson will include a Power Point that explains traditional energy use, the extraction of natural resources utilized in "dirty" energy, and the various impacts related to their use. The presentation will begin with the issues and conclude with sustainable solutions for alternative "clean" energy choices. The focus on gardening will build the connections between, clean energy options and off setting the impacts of dirty energy by stressing the importance of growing food and planting plants. The project aspect of the lesson will focus on sustainable solutions to energy use available for school gardens. Students will share their design for DIY solar dehydrator used to dehydrate crops grown in a school garden.

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