On April 29, the entire lower school community cel- ebrated Earth Day and highlighted a year’s worth of environmental science investigations, sustainability initiatives and learning. Throughout the day, students enthusiastically showcased their classroom projects to parents and also to classes of younger peers. Kids were teaching kids throughout the day on topics such
as water consumption and conservation, the water crisis in Flint, compost and recycling, ecosystems, and energy efficiency, as well as individual passion projects related to a multitude of environmental issues. The
ownership the students took of their learning, coupled with the pride
they demonstrated in sharing it with others, was palpable.
After school hours, the Friends of STEAM parent group planned and
managed sustainability awareness stations for a deeper dive into topics
such as biodiversity, climate change, energy, and food security. We also
highlighted the school's commitment to green efficiency with tours of
the solar panels and information on how to track the benefits they are
creating. "We are very fortunate to have a wealth of passion and expertise among our parent community. For this large-scale event, we wanted
to capitalize on this and bring awareness to the largest environmental
issues of our time in a way that educated and encouraged action one
child, adult, and family at a time,” said Ellen Burdge, Director of Teaching and Learning in the Lower School.
The Lower School Sustainability Celebration was held in conjunction
with the second annual schoolwide Design Faire. The theme of sustainability wove its way through the Design Faire, with numerous upper
school projects on display, as well as lower school creations designed in
the Tinker Space.
La Grande Fête: