Hamilton County Schools
Aeroponic Gardens for Four Hamilton County Schools
Thanks to the HCDE Consolidated School Health Deparment and the Hamilton County Health Department, four of our schools now have Aeroponic Gardens to use in the classroom. Under the organization of Russell Cliche, over $7,000 worth of gardens were purchased. The four schools were selected based on a competitive application process. Schools will use the gardens to help teach the standards in a creative way. Furthermore, the yields of the gardents will be used within their schools and local communities. The four schools are: East Hamilton, Red Bank High, Tyner High and Tyner Middle.
TVA Purchases Watt-meters for High Schools
Thanks to TVA, all Hamilton County High Schools now have additional hands-on resources to use in the classroom. Under the organization of Charley Spencer, TVA purchaced almost $14,000 worth of special meters that monitor energy useage in appliances. These meters will help bring real-world issues into the classroom by allowing students to investigate electrical expenses by the day, week, month or year. The meters can check the quality of your power by monitoring Voltage, Line Frequency, and Power Factor.
Red Bank High School Presents at the Regional Geology Conference
At the Southeastern Geological Convention held recently in the Chattanoogan Convention Center, there were a few greenhorn presenters that had a few less years of education under their belts giving presentations with college students and tenured professors. Representatives of Red Bank High School’s “Intro to Geographical Information Systems (GIS)” class were there with PowerPoints and Prezi’s, showing the Post Docs how it’s done.
Students made two presentations over the real world problems they had helped to solve in the previous months of class. One presentation was over their assistance in mapping the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and their participation in the Map Lesotho project with other schools from around the world. Their map of Lesotho became the country’s official, nationally recognized map. This is the first time ever that a crowdsourced map has had this recognition. “I thought it was really cool that something we’ve done is going to help these people through the awful conditions they’re in.”
This class’s efforts have garnered them quite a bit of recognition. Recently, they have been asked to submit a scientific paper on their experiences to the Journal of Geological Resource and Engineering (ISSN 2328-2193), an international, professional and peer reviewed journal published across the United States by David Publishing Company, New York. In addition to this, they have been offered the opportunity to travel to Lesotho, Africa in the year 2016 to assist with laying the ground work for the physical map they helped develop.
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Hamilton County Teachers Are
Secondary Science District Norms
Keep student learning at the center of all decisions
Be respectful of other's time - Begin and end on time
Monitor air time and share your voice
Be solutions oriented - For the good of the group, look for the possible
Risk productive struggle
Actively participate and bring requested materials
Share a sense of responsibility for student learning
Be professional at all times
Be the learner you want in your class
Hamilton County Department of Education 3074 Hickory Valley Road Chattanooga, TN 37421
Phone: 423-209-8420 Fax: 423-209-8481