STEM Week Challenge

Over the next few weeks, the second grader classes will be completing the Project Lead The Way module, Zero Waste: Food Waste. In this module, students explore the importance of conservation and identify ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. They develop an understanding of food waste and consider strategies for more effectively conserving food. They investigate materials and use this information to choose the best material for a design that preserves food. At the end of the module, students use the design process to sketch, build, test, and reflect on their design of how to preserve an apple. 

We encourage you to use the following resources and activities at home to support your child’s learning in this module.

- Talk about ways your family can reduce, reuse, and recycle at home.

- Track the amount of food waste produced each day at home by    collecting your family’s food waste in a bowl. Measure the amount of waste by weighing it or taking a picture of how full the bowl is. Try to reduce the amount of food waste collected each day.

- Work with your child to use produce that is near the end of its life cycle. For example, use overripe bananas to make banana bread, use older apples to make applesauce, and use unused bread to make croutons.

- Visit a local farm and learn about the produce grown there and the steps it takes to get to the market or grocery store.

Thank you for your support in your child’s learning. For more information on the STEM Week Challenge, click here.