Students from BFA-Fairfax and Hartford HS recently returned from Puerto Rico. They were participating in the final stage of an inaugural program developed to share data and communicate science on a global scale. Students from several high schools in Puerto Rico had visited BFA and Hartford HS at the beginning of April. These students and teachers are involved with the Center for Workforce Development and Diversity at St. Michael’s College Research on Adaptation to Climate Change program (see post).
Students from Vermont were treated to a full schedule of scientific research. They collected forest and soil data in the tropical forest at Luquillo, the dry forest at Guanica and the tropical deciduous forest in Florida, PR. Students also met their counter part Puerto Rican exchange students and visited their schools in Carolina, Guanica and Florida, Puerto Rico.
The trip also featured relaxation time at the beach, a tour of a bioluminescent bay, an estuary tour and time in the city and fort at Old San Juan (est. 1530’s).
This science exchange with Puerto Rican students gave BFA students the opportunity to collaborate with peers from other high schools, develop relationships in the science world, and see a part of the United States very different than their home state of Vermont.
“We were involved directly with the research not just observing it. We really learned about the island plants, animals and the research that is being done on the island. It was a great experience!” Senior, Dave L
“Puerto Rico was a tremendous bonding experience. We created a family of friends from Fairfax, Hartford, and Puerto Rico. Being introduced to new culture and experiencing the school systems outside of Vermont showed me how much opportunity there is in the world.” Senior, Alex F
“Traveling to Puerto Rico was an experience none of us will forget. We were able to meet new people, learn about a new place and grow as individuals. Learning how to salsa dance will also come in handy.” Junior, Sophie L
“It was an incredible experience to develop new friendships, discover the culture and learn about the diverse environments of Puerto Rico.” Junior, Rebekah L
[You can also read more about this exchange experience in this published newsletter]