South Miami Middle Community School


South Miami Middle Community School received this grant for equipment for students to use in investigating how the choice and placement of plants around their school will effect school energy use.


Their research questions are:

  1. What is the optimal distance a shade plant should be from the house to maximum cooling?

  2. What are the tree/shrub appropriate size, density and shape for using shade effectively?


Data on the amount of shade, temperatures inside and outside, as well as changes in cooling costs will be collected weekly for different variables including the plant types, size, density, shape, height, and distance from building weekly through the school year. Results of the investigation will be shared and used in student science fair projects.


To enable temperature monitoring, YLACES will supply two sets of temperature sensors and data logging equipment at a cost of $912 plus shipping.


Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists assists and rewards the implementation of inquiry-based, experiential science education where students do science and contribute to understanding of our environment through recognition and financial reward programs.

Grants range from support for taking simple measurements to teacher professional development and working for pervasive inclusion of student research projects in science teaching.




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