Incoming freshman students in Brad Greenspan’s Introduction to Life Science summer school class at Niles North are getting an introduction not only to subjects such as biology and botany, but also to what life will be like in high school.
The students engage in a variety of hands-on learning activities, such as creating eco-columns, self-sustaining ecosystems that are made of plastic soda bottles. After constructing the columns, students water plants that grow in a terrestrial chamber, watch the water travel through a decomposition chamber and then observe the small fish that feed off the nutrients in the aquatics chamber. Students test the water’s pH levels to make sure the environment is hospitable for the living organisms.
“Summer school is a good way for us to experience what classes will be like in high school,” said Isabella Lopez. She said the course provides a fun variety of different activities, such as making cookies with different ingredients to study fundamentals of chemistry.
“This class is good in preparation for freshman year,” said Idalis Perez. “We get to know some of the other kids who will be in our classes and get to know our way around the school, so we won’t feel lost when the new year begins.”