This program is designed for Advanced Placement Biology and Environmental Science classes. The objectives of this program is to advance understanding of ecology and specific field science techniques and tools, that enable students to Explore, Observe, Question, Research, Design, Experiment, Present and Discuss their findings.
Due to the objectives of this program this program is offered specifically for AP classes for up to 20 students.
The general course outline is as follows:
SESSION ONE: Full day field outing where students explore a field site, use field science tools and techniques to gather data, discuss results, and observations.
SESSION TWO: Full day field outing where students build off of session 1 experience by exploring a new field site, use field science tools and techniques to gather data, discuss results and begin to formulate questions and develop hypotheses.
SESSION THREE: Overnight experience that utilizes the information and experiences of Session 1 and 2. On day one, students work with ITE staff and teachers to critically review hypotheses and develop experimental methods. Students critically and constructively review experimental designs and head into the field to set up experiment for the following day. On day two, student research teams run experiments, collect and analyze data and begin presentation preparations. The program concludes with student presentations and celebration!