Tropical Rainforest Interactive Presentations/GASC Technology Center
Images of Students or their Work (typical).
The rainforest is so popular with elementary
teachers and students that each year ESA
fully books its schedule for rainforest tours.
The Environmental Science Academy (ESA) draws junior- and senior-year students from 31 area high schools. Students attend classes five days a week for a 2 hour and 15 minute block. The ESA offers four sections, three for first year students and one for returning second year students. The academy's curriculum is based on six topics: water & aquatics, energy, soils & forestry, geology, sustainable agriculture, and wildlife. Students are involved in a variety of yearlong, community-based projects, one of which is the Tropical Rainforest Interactive Presentations. In the early fall, students research and prepare their presentations for elementary classes. From November to May, one day a week, they host a class in the rainforest. The TRIP is such a successful and enriching experience that the schedule for visits for the year is usually completely booked by late fall.


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