Target 3: Flexible Learning Environments – FWSU will maximize flexible learning environments by redefining the school day, promoting learning experiences that extend beyond the school classroom, and fostering creativity, innovation, and differentiated learning opportunities for all.
Action Step – Provide students w/ access to content, resources, and methods for learning beyond the school day and beyond the school walls.
BFA Fairfax High School students Emily Pomichter and Levi Gardell recently attended the 2013 Vermont EPSCoR Student Research Symposium held at the Doubletree Hotel in South Burlington.
While there, they attended the oral presentations and then participated in the poster presentation that followed. Their poster titled: Storm Effects, The Correlation of Storm Duration and Intensity to Phosphate Levels in the Upper Missisquoi River summarized the results of a study they conducted through the VT Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, under the guidance of BFA High School Science teacher Thomas Lane.
Their study question that looked at the effects of more intense storms on phosphate release, was part of an ongoing effort by scientists around the world to anticipate the effects of climate change on local regions. Their research involved placing a stream and temperature gauge on Black Creek near North Fairfield, and then monitoring water levels and collecting water samples for total suspended solids and phosphate through the summer and fall.