Science and Technology Beyond Recycling
Sustainability in the Garden—Natural Resources
Learn the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy, with focus on solar energy. Participate in hands-on STEM activities throughout our Gardens and explore how to conserve at home, in school, and in the community.
K-2: Students are engaged with hands-on activities to discover the value of Earth's natural resources. They discover how Longwood is committed to sustainable practices and how they can make a difference at home by reducing, reusing, and recycling.
3-5: Students will explore both renewable and non-renewable resources, experiment with solar detectors, and discover the connection between photosynthesis and solar energy. They will uncover sustainable practices being used throughout Longwood's property and leave with a plan of action to become a better global citizen.
6-8: Students uncover Longwood's sustainable practices, including: solar energy, recycling, composting, and the reuse of water for irrigation. They will experiment with solar cells to recognize solar energy as a renewable resource and discover how everyday behaviors impact the Earth.
NATIONAL SCIENCE STANDARDS
Standard 6: Understands relationships among organisms and their physical environment
Standard 8: Understands the structure and properties of matter
Standard 9: Understands the sources and properties of energy
Standard 14: Understands how human actions modify the physical environment
Standard 16: Understands the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHY STANDARDS
Standard 8: Understands the characteristics of ecosystems on Earth's surface
Standard 14: Knows the ways in which the physical environment is stressed by human activities
Standard 15: Understands how physical systems affect human systems