ESCAPE! is a semester-long activity that integrates the topics of the Earth Science curriculum into what is happening in our world and community. The project is a chance for students to learn about the Earth through using an integrated approach of hands-on activities, inquiry-based observations, and project-based curriculum. Honors Earth Science classes will, through observations and research, determine a topic of interest within the Billings community that can be studied and analyzed both in the classroom and in the field.
The goal of the project is three-fold:
1. Help students realize that science is dynamic, happens in real-time, and gives them a platform to relate the content with their world.
2. Help students spur action within themselves and the community
3. Help students realize that they have a voice within their community.
-After the City Council Decision to remove Disc Golf from a local park, students submit a report to Billings Parks and Recreation outlining best use of Pioneer Park based on data collected from erosion testing, grass type growth, topographic mapping, and soil charting/mapping.
-After an oil spill in the river, students organize and invite the community to an Oil Check Day along the Yellowstone River where people walk along the banks looking for evidence of oil on the shore. Students use baseline data after comprehensively testing: soil samples for oil content, bird counts, water testing (ph, DO, salinity, nitrates, hydrocarbons, etc)
-After several boulders fell off the Rimrocks, students submit a report outlining the areas where boulder falling is most likely and where it is most likely to impact residents to the City Code Division. The information in the report is based off of: research and mapping of large cracks in Rimrocks, mapping zones of residence proximity to Rimrocks, data from erosion testing, data from slope testing.
Topics in RED were completed as part of our project: "Rediscovering Pioneer Park"
Activity 5: ESCAPE! Theme brainstorm/Choosing a theme
Activity 6: Building the Project - Friday, 10/26
Activity 7: Creating your ESCAPE! Report rough draft
Activity 8: Researching the Issues
Activity 9: Due Friday 11/8/2012
Activity 9: Defining your goals
Activity 10 and 11: Due Monday 11/12/2012
Activity 10: Tying in Earth Science Curriculum
Activity 11: Mapping the Research Site
Activity 12: Field Testing Water at Sites Along the Yellowstone
Click the link below to access the data table spreadsheet:
Activity 13: Describing the testing sites
Activity 14: Data Analysis
Activity 15: Charting and Graphing the Data
Activity 16: Discussion of Data
This is the summary of the project. Pretend that somebody may only read your conclusion, from this, they should have a good understand of what you found, what the data taught you, and what you learned from this project. You might also include future work that could be done based on what you found in the data, or any questions that might have arisen that would require more testing to answer. Show me your amazing concluding skills here!
Activity 18: Assembling the Final Report
Click here for the: Final Report Template