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The 21st United Nations conference on climate change (COP21), held November 30 – December 11, 2015 in Paris, led to a historic international climate agreement, and also corresponded with French American International School’s sustainability initiative.
Students in grades 1 and 2 created an interactive poster and submitted it to an international artwork challenge hosted by the Agence pour l’enseignement français à l’étranger (AEFE). The contest commemorated the beginning of the conference on global climate change.
Learning About Sustainability
French American’s lower school has adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as part of its curriculum, with an emphasis on the concept of sustainability and infusing it across all subject areas. Interdisciplinary projects and units – including the creation of musical instruments using recycled materials and learning how Native Americans lived with virtually no carbon footprint – will allow students to explore and make connections between science, math, technology, history and art.
Garden of Possibilities
In an effort to optimize land use and further inspire ecological best practices, students in grades 1 and 2, with the help of Friends of STEM, are redesigning an outdoor garden space at the school. The garden will provide an opportunity for children to think about their impact on the environment and identify green energy solutions. “The goal of the garden project is to impart a sense of responsibility toward the environment and the need for sustainable development for future generations,” said Lower School Science Coach Catherine Boucher.
'Before’ pictures of the currently underutilized space that lower school students will transform into a garden.
La Grande Fête
Mark your calendars! On April 29, the entire lower school community will celebrate Earth Day and highlight a year’s worth of environmental science investigations, sustainability initiatives and projects. The Lower School Sustainability Celebration will be held in conjuction with the school-wide Design Faire. Sustainable creations from the Tinker Space, as well as other design projects crossing disciplines, will be displayed in Room 142. More details to come.