Green is the New Black - Green Building Design STEM Integrated Project

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Green is the New Black - Green Building Design STEM Integrated Project

Students will learn the importance of green buildings in relation to individuals and our environment. The guiding essential question is, "What are the benefits and challenges of green construction?" Students will be introduced to the project through videos, quizzes, Powerpoint, and a field trip. At the end of this project, students will be skilled informants of sustainable living and construct their own small-scale model of a green building. The CTE teacher will focus on Urban Design and Construction including a lesson on teaching blueprints and calculating scales, exposure to green technologies and reviewing MC3, lead and asbestos removal, building a scale model of a green building, and wrapping up the project with a presentation of their model. U.S. History will provide background information on immigration and tenement housing, changes that have occurred in building techniques since the 1920's, and learning construction techniques. The English portion of our project will teach the benefits of incorporating sustainable features by incorporating a field trip to a Green McDonalds and a journal about their experience and findings. They will review the art of rhetoric and dive into informational texts about retro and green buildings. Students will finish the English Language Arts portion of the project by producing a persuasive paper arguing for or against going green. The Physiology teacher will focus on the functioning of the skeletal and muscular systems, physical safety in construction, physical problems from lead paint and asbestos, and cancer causing materials found in older homes. This unit is brought to you by Tim Behler (CTE), Carmen Mercer (biology), Gina Guerrero (ELA) and Arthur Amos (U.S. History) with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Team Joshua Bradley.
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