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Melrose Patch Whiz Kid of the Week
- Ms. Dana Fowler's 7th Grade Math Class
- Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School
- Accomplishment: Creating model sustainable homes using recyclable materials.
Melrose Recycling Coordinator Mary Beth Calnan nominated these 7th graders for their work in creating model sustainable homes using items taken from their recycling bins at home.
Fowler told Melrose Patch she got the idea for the assignment from a Leslie University class she took that, coincidentally, was taught by Hoover School Principal Dr. Dennet Sidell.
"I just fine-tuned the project a little and geared it toward my 7th grade math class," she said. "The students love hands-on projects and the research involved. I was very impressed by how well they worked together."
Below is the nomination submitted by Calnan:
I would like to nominate Ms. Dana Fowler’s 7th grade class. I was invited to view their sustainable homes that were made from items taken from their recycling bins at home!
The assignment started with bringing in items from their recycling bins at home. When the students arrived to class, Ms. Fowler told them they needed to buy land, build a home, and live off the land, while keeping track of how much money it would cost and how long the pay back would take. The recyclables would be used to construct a model of their property while they gave their presentation.
I was impressed at how these students rattled off how they would erect wind turbines, solar panels and geothermal systems for electricity and heating systems that would allow them to live off the grid and reduce their carbon footprint. They talked about insulation made from blue jeans, and green roofs and rain barrels that would conserve water and energy. Most of them had livestock and vegetable gardens that would allow them to never shop at a supermarket. Their ideas were creative and certainly showed a respect for the environment. Two thumbs up!
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