The class recently welcomed the latest display into the room. Students pose with the newly returned taxidermy owl that was donated in 2014. The owl was found deceased and the mount was created to display unique aspects of the owl that include it’s various feathers in the landing position. Also note the large, yellow eyes and ear like tufts on this stunning animal.
Students work in teams to solve various problems. The problems can be figuring out how to create a successful classroom or how to impact the local or global community through becoming an expert on a certain topic. Students focus on the 4 BRAGS Majors: Green Tech, Sustainable Lifestyles, Resource Management and Sustainable Agriculture.
Students have the opportunity to travel on various outings each year. A biannual trip to the museum in Milwaukee is always a favorite. Students are able to learn about various biomes, green building and multiple cultures. BRAGS combines classroom lessons, individual hands on projects and group trips in it’s curriculum .
by Gabe Gazdeki and Cesar Moreno
County parks are funded by and owned by the county. The county helps funded these parks with money it makes in fees and other sales. In Clark county annual timber sales is a large contributor. Clark county owns over 100,000 acres of forest and the revenue generated by selling the harvested trees last year was over 2 million dollars. Some of that money is used to funded local campgrounds and parks.
Read more about County Parks by Gabe Gazdeki and Cesar Moreno HERE
As you all have heard, the school referendum passed and that means updates to the high school and planning for a new elementary building. The topic of buildings, energy and efficiencies that would be looked at with this passing directly relate to our first semester area of focus. One specific student, Austin Janowski, centered his project on the feat of getting involved with the planning!
Austin, a Junior in BRAGS, was invited to join the committee that was to review the various aspects of changes that would happen at the High School.
Read more about Austin and the Building Investigations in the January News Letter. Click Here for the link!
Kicking Off a New Year
Every year the direction of topics at BRAGS is set according to the student’s interests and curriculum. We try to cover topics related to all majors: sustainable agriculture, sustainable lifestyles, resource management and green technologies. This year’s kick-off topics related to Energy; how we use it, the types of energy and ways to conserve energy or save money!
Students have been able to look at the many resources used for energy including oil, coal, solar, wind, hydro and more! Along with readings, they have toured facilities in the city of BRF and the Vernon Co Landfill where they learned many ways that energy is being thrown away(“wasted”) or used to re-make new items!
Anytime you talk about energy, you must consider the habitats that are affected by the extraction or use of the energy sources. That is why student have been working to create “mini” presentations about various habitats and species. As we enter quarter 2, the students are gearing up to discuss 2 separate habitats. They will have done dissections on various species and will create habitats in the class so live examples can be shared with Elementary students before break! One thing we feel is key to the mastery of a topic is being able to present and teach others about it!
Read more about BRAGS in the BRAGS News Letter. Click here for the link!