8th Grade Earth Day PSA Videos

Eighth grade students are nearing the end of their Population Project work. One of the upcoming pieces for this project is the advocacy video that students will make related to their project.

On Earth Day, students worked with videographer expert Chris Jones to learn about how to craft an advocacy message. Students then

Think Before You Print:

Reduce Consumption:

Recycle:

Refuse Products That Aren’t Environmentally Friendly:

Conserve Energy / Turn off the Lights:

Conserve Water:

Refuse Plastic Bags – Bring your own to the market:

Photo Essays:
Water, a Place of Contrasts

Reduce Plastic Consumption

7th Grade Earth Day

After a whole middle school assembly with Dr. Marcus Eriksen to kick off our Earth Day celebration, the seventh grade spent the afternoon on an environmental tour of the AES campus. Students visited the school nursery to focus on the school grounds, the high school tech hub to look at paper and recycling, the compost station to look at food waste, and the water filtration/sewage treatment plant to learn more about water usage.

On Thursday in ET, students further researched about water, waste & compost, and paper & packaging. Students started by completing a personal inventory and reflection about their own practices and consumption. They then worked together to follow Dr.  Erickson’s Three Step Cycle, primarily focusing on Step 1 to start.

  • STEP 1: Get the facts/ Do good Science
  • STEP 2: Tell the World/ Who is your audience
  • STEP 3: Make it stick

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Earth Day Kickoff Celebration with Dr. Marcus Eriksen and Videographer Chris Jones:

6th Grade Earth Day

After a whole middle school assembly with Dr. Marcus Eriksen to kick off our Earth Day celebration, the sixth grade spent the afternoon building awareness about the environmental impact of the AES community through the exploration of our use of a particular resource. Students came up with lots of wonderings and questions and thought about which questions would best be explored by…

…conducting quick research using web and print resources?

…crafting good questions to interview experts?

…taking measurements and collecting data?

They will continue to follow up on their research during ET (Enrichment Time) this Thursday.

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Students then posted their big takeaways and questions that they are puzzling about on the third floor hallway:

Earth Day Kickoff Celebration with Dr. Marcus Eriksen and Videographer Chris Jones:

Earth Day Microbead Campaign

Today at our middle school assembly, and last night at the community presentation on Earth Day, Dr. Marcus Eriksen raised our awareness about a serious threat to our waters – microbeads!
Microbeads are used in facial cleaners and scrubs to help exfoliate skin. These face cleaners include small plastic microbeads, that are then washed down our drains and out to sea. The good news is that there are non-plastic products you can purchase and it really does make a difference.  Click here for more information from the 5 Gyres website and science study.

The video above shows Dr. Marcus Eriksen showing how to test a facial cleanser for microbeads. We would like to encourage you to look through your cupboards at your cleansers. If you find microbeads in a product at your home, send that product in to the MS Office – Dr. Eriksen is collecting these and will find a way to dispose of them safely.
And here are some of our students and faculty taking part in Dr. Eriksen’s campaign: