Students are learning about aspects of climate change this trimester. They are hearing from experts, learning what causes climate change, what people are doing to adapt and the science going into researching it to discover its effects.
They’ve been able to take part in great opportunities in their learning. First, Otsego City Manager Aaron Mitchell came to talk with the students to share what changes the city has made over the years to address our current climate as well as how they predict their future needs.
Students have also talked with Kirsten Crandall, an Ecologist from McGill University in Canada that focuses on how animals, especially mammals, are affected by climate change.
Western Michigan University is also assisting in their lessons. Students took a field trip to the WMU College of Engineering to learn about solar power. They learned about the Consumers Energy solar garden, the Sunseeker (their solar powered vehicle), and solar energy in general. STREAM students had a chance to use solar power to power wind turbines, race cars, and much more in Dr. Gomez’s Ddr. Bazuin’s lab.
Solar power is one thing the students are exploring when looking at ways to mitigate climate change.
They’ll be presenting their projects to the City of Otsego leaders at the end of the trimester.