• Fall Kit: Ecosystem Dynamics

    Students construct a self-sustaining ecosystem model and conduct a long-term inquiry investigation of the changes that occur in the system through weekly observations. In the inquiry project, students improve their skills in experimental design, and the collection of both qualitative and quantitative data. Along side weekly observations of the changes occurring in the models, student learn about ecology and the complex interdependent relationships among living and nonliving components of ecosystems.


    Fall Topics

    • Biodiversity and Ecology
    • Building an Ecosystem Model
    • Biotic and Abiotic Factors
    • Competition and Limiting Factors
    • Photosynthesis
    • Food Webs
    • Interdependence and Symbiotic Relationships
    • Adaptation
    • Pollution
    • The Carbon Cycle


  • Spring Kit: Energy

    Students review energy forms, energy conversions and electricity generation. They research renewable and nonrenewable energy resources, and investigate the consequences of using various energy resources. Students use their knowledge of radiant and thermal energy transformations to design sustainable solutions to heating Alaskan homes.  Students investigate energy conversions within photovoltaic cells and wind turbines to maximize efficiency.  Students analyze Arctic data to evaluate the impact of climate change on Alaska. Students make the connection between Native ways of knowing and traditional science by designing a home using their knowledge of energy transformations and conservation.


    Spring Topics

    • Forms of Energy
    • Energy Conversions
    • Static and Current Electricity
    • Energy Resources
    • Consequences of Energy Consumption
    • Passive and Active Solar Energy
    • Wind Energy
    • Climate Change
    • Engineering Design