Engaging youth through hands-on learning is one of the most successful means of fostering an appreciation of the natural environment. The program offers schools the opportunity to work with RWA educators who have experience in a variety of science related fields.
Living Classroom is an STEM outreach program for K-12 classes or home school groups to provide students with hands on experiential learning. The program offers public school teachers the opportunity to work with RWA educators who have experience in a variety of science related fields, to foster an appreciation for the natural environment and enable students to explore challenging social and environmental issues. Each workshop is led in the public school requesting a program or outside along the shoreline adjacent to the school.
Our hands-on approach to learning with nature is one of the most successful means to engage young learners in a positive way with the living systems that support our existence.
* Individual classes can be conducted or a more advanced curriculum for 4-8 week sessions.
* Program cost is $200/class
To learn more about this program or to schedule a Living Classroom Workshop, please contact: Program Manager Blaze Jones- Yellin at: email@example.com
Living Classroom is offered in the following curriculum options:
Rockaway Waterfront Alliance created the environmental resiliency curriculum for students ages 9-18 to help students understand how geographic location, natural forces and man-made infrastructure contributed to the damaging effects of Sandy on the Rockaway Peninsula. Students work in teams to design and create their own protective barriers using hard and soft infrastructure and present their work to the class.
"Washed Ashore" Recycle Arts
This program is for classes K-4th grade to educate students about recycling. Through a hands on activity students will create murals using found objects and plastics collected from the shoreline.
This program introduces students to marine science through a series of hands on lessons out on the water to learn about the natural habitat of Jamaica Bay and Rockaway beach. This includes seining, oyster gardening, the annual horse shoe crab count as well as learning about the specific birds and plants native to the Rockaway Peninsula.
Students learn about advocacy in their own community and work in teams to create projects that support the local community. Grassroots advocacy and planning is a positive way for young people to visualize creating community gardens, parks or public plazas on underutilized land in their own neighborhood.
Gardening & Healthy Cooking
These classes can be conducted in the school classroom or at the RWA 59th St garden where students will learn the basics of gardening, and urban sustainability through a combination of class lessons and hands on experiential learning activities.
Ocean Lab Water Safety
This is an awareness campaign intended to introduce youth to valuable life saving information through videos, and podcasts focused on water safety. Oceanlab is designed to teach students who live in coastal urban areas of New York City, the risks they should be aware of so they can spend more time enjoying time at the beach.
Wind power and renewable energy are the perfect subject for scientific observation and data collection. Students take part in a series of classes to better understand the principals of energy and how it can be conserved.
The Living Classroom Program uses NYS Science Core Curriculum Standards
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As a 6th grader, Joshua joined an RWA after school program that engaged the local community to envision a new and better Rockaway. Now in high school, Joshua continues to work with us in addition to pursuing new interests in planning and architecture at NYU and Cooper Union. Hear more about Joshua's story.
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