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.
Next Generation Science Standards for Beyond Recycling
Standard: K-8-PS3. Energy Performance Expectations
K-PS3-1 Make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface. 4-PS3-2 Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electrical currents.
Standard: K-8-ESS3. Earth and Human Activity Performance Expectations
K-ESS3-3 Communicate solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment. 4-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and that their uses affect the environment. 4-ESS3-2 Generate and compare multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.* 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment. MS-ESS3-3 Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.*