Student Success Center Students from Weaver High School Do Hands-on Learning at Community Farm of Simsbury

SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE     Issue 18     October 26, 2012

 

Student Success Center Students from Weaver High School Do Hands-on Learning at Community Farm of Simsbury

What do you get when you mix Journalism and Media, Culinary Arts, and a local farm?… An engaging hands-on learning experience that served as a springboard to project based learning for students at Weaver High School. 

On Thursday, October 4th, students from the Student Success Center at Weaver High School attended a field trip to Community Farm of Simsbury. Activities included harvesting kale to donate to the Culinary Arts Academy, making sugar free applesauce, tending to the animals, searching for and collecting macro invertebrates from the local stream, and expressing predictions and observations of the entire day through journaling. 

Follow up projects will be completed over the next two weeks. The projects include building an urban indoor garden, creating a digital storybook of the trip, uploading a blog with seasonal themed recipes inspired by the farm visit, and making a bulletin board communicating learned science concepts.

Students in the Success Center at Weaver High come from both the Culinary Arts Academy and the Journalism and Media Academy. They participate in "blended learning" using a rigorous mix of computer coursework, hands-on collaborative projects, and traditional classroom instruction. 

Students will present the projects at a student/family luncheon on Tuesday, November 20 in the Success Center. 

For more info contact Dean of Students, Tim Goodwin, goodt002@hartfordschools.org

 

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