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Parkland Environmental Science Camps


develop critical thinking




by Deanna Mitchener test kits and laboratory equipment
whenever possible," said Reynolds.
Approximately 30 to 40 grade 10 Experts are brought in by video
and 12 students from Parkland conference or in person to provide
Composite High School took part knowledge to the students. Each
recently in an Environmental weekend consists of leadership and
Science Camp. teamwork components, such as team
Camps took place in November building games, team ropes course,
last year and again in February this and more.
year at the Goldeye Centre near "Our goal is to develop critical
Nordegg. thinkers, not to have students who
On April 7 to 9, students will be adopt our opinions or that of others.
having their camp right at PCHS, so We want students to take all the
they can use the lab. Another camp facts and develop their own
will be held later in July with the informed opinion on a topic,
location still to be announced. considering all stakeholders
Teacher Mr. Cory Reynolds said, involved in that issue," said
"The programs - Environmental Reynolds.
Science, Politics, and Ethics has The course is run on a three year
been taught by Ms. Terri Blacker cycle of rotating focus topics
and myself for the past six years. between soil and agriculture,
Ms. Blacker has been teaching at the populations and forestry, water, and Parkland Composite High School students prepare a soil sample to
school for 20 years and I am into my air. This allows the grade 10's that analyze its composition during recent Environmental Science Camps
ninth year here at the school." enter the program to experience held by the school. photo Deanna Mitchener
"The primary focus of our something new all three years," said
program is to educate students on Reynolds. work collaboratively to educate Technology, Energy, and the
the environmental and the complex All the grade 12 students get an themselves on current issues Environment in Ottawa. Attending
cause and effect relationship that opportunity to write the AP surrounding the environment. "This the UN Conference on Climate
exists between the abiotic (non- environmental science exam in May. is a testament to the fact that if you Change in Doha, Qatar. Presenting
living) and biotic (living) factors "Our students have been quite can get students to buy in, they numerous times to MLAs at the
within an ecosystem," said successful on this exam with seven become intrinsically motivated to Legislature grounds in Edmonton.
Reynolds. out of 10 students receiving further their own understanding," And travelling to Nepal to work
"Students work in cross-graded university level credits for getting a says Reynolds. with locals to help build
groups to promote leadership and four or five on the exam last year," "Some of the highlights over the infrastructure to help minimize their
mentorship between the older and said Reynolds. years have been presenting to the environmental impact," said
younger kids. We provide hands on For four weekends throughout the standing senate committee on Reynolds.
learning opportunities using field year, students give up their time to
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