• Alberta
  • Secondary

Father Lacombe High School

Science class 14

  • 1 Challenges Completed
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Get Growing

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Description

We took a book desk that had been refurbished as a gardening table and placed it in our classroom. Over the weeks, we identified what conditions were needed to ensure a successful garden. Students worked in groups to research and develop solutions such as increasing the amount of light needed, as well as the ideal wavelengths for growing plants. Students also worked to see if they could develop ways in which to create permaculture-inspired watering systems that would allow us to water the plants while we were away on Easter break (hence the quick-release irrigators, made from repurposed water bottles). We also used permaculture design when thinking about what to layer our garden beds-- using materials that would retain moisture, such as newspaper, recycled paper, and old donated clothing. Students also discovered that wrapping the garden bed in plastic created a warmer, more humid microclimate, in which plants grew faster. Students learned to develop a lot of patience, as some plants would not germinate right away. Students would enter class every day and head for the gardening table to observe if anything new had grown. Students constructed wooden frames in Construction class from which to hang the plastic. Throughout this time, students have also been researching and planning how to use their garden to generate income with which they can use to invest in future gardening projects. Before we returned to online learning, my students came up with various ideas on how to market and package herbs and vegetables, which we can then sell to other students and school staff, including the Foods program. The intent was to help them make cross-curricular connections and to take on the responsibility of running a micro-business.

A Green-Powered Canada

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Buckle Up

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Community Connections

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Do You Really Need It?

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How Big Are Your Carbon Feet?

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Limited Edition: Game Time!

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One Hour No Power

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Round and Round it Goes

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Story Time

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Take-Home

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The Phantom of the Classroom

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Tips and Tricks

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Video Challenge

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Water Works

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What’s For Lunch?

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What’s Old is New Again

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Energy savings by the numbers

water_works 118,468 Litres of water conserved
hour_no_power 3,273 Hours of no power
take_home 25,944 Items Kept from Landfill