Saturday, January 26, 2013

Third Graders Recycle Paper

Johanna, the BNS Sustainability Coordinator, leads a group of third graders in their paper recycling efforts.
Third Grade Students check pails for non-recyclables before putting  contents in paper recycling  barrel.

Why Third Graders?  As part of their study of Chinese inventions, third graders make paper using recycled fibers as well as new mulberry and/or leek fibers. As a result,  third graders understand the resources and energy it takes to make paper.  And that's why they want to be sure BNS staff and students recycle paper properly.

Third graders found these non-paper items.  Oh! Oh!

Look back to this blog to see how our paper recycling efforts are going.  And be sure to reduce, reuse, and when necessary, recycle paper.  Otherwise the Paper Police might ticket you!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Getting Wet is Educational at BNS

New pipes have tighter , easier connections
Paula Lee Poy, BNS parent, and her sister, Perryne Lokhand Wala, have been working to create afterschool programming that combines gardening, irrigation, and cooking.  Phase 1 is nearly complete. Irrigation.  Two engineers--Granger and Robert--have improved upon Arbo's pipe systems making them more child-(and teacher-) friendly.  These systems will be used to bring water to our outdoor gardens; and hopefully be used indoors, too!  Thanks to Johanna for pictures.  Thanks to 2nd grade teachers and Matt who worked on this project from the beginning.

Stefania's student drawing pipe system using  "old" pipes
New pipes are see-through
New pipes are supported by tripod stands

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Survival Monkey Teaches 2nd Graders About Shelters

Second graders experimented with newspaper structures.  They worked to build a structure that could stand up even with a student inside!  Then Nancye Good, sustainability educator working part-time at BNS, demonstrated with a stuffed animal how to build a shelter with twigs and leaves.   The secret behind both types of structures?  The Triangle.
                                                             Thanks Stefania and Nancye for the pictures!
Engineers in Stefania's class with a stable structure
I fit!
Another stable structure.
Triangles are strong!
Engineering is exhausting!
I agree!