Sixth-graders at Lynbrook North Middle School recently took a hands-on approach to learning about alternative energy sources.
After discussing the damaging effects and limitations of fossil fuels with her students, science teacher Liz Cardito asked them to pretend they were scientists who were charged with exploring alternate sources of renewable energy, including solar, biomass, geothermal and hydroelectric power.
Rather than simply writing a report, students worked in teams to invent an energy company that produces this renewable energy source. They were then challenged to advertise and sell the company to the class. Students created brochures, business cards, PowerPoint presentations and commercials in an effort to win over their classmates.
Through this project, students made use of research skills, critical thinking, creative problem-solving, cooperation and teamwork, as well as factual and persuasive writing and oral presentation skills.
“This project-based, problem-solving approach to learning was presented to Lynbrook teachers on Superintendent’s Conference Day,” said Ms. Cardito. “Using this method helped students become more actively engaged in the learning process.”