Spring and summer are a great time for everyone to explore the world around them.
Advanced learners often have strong interests in the environment and sustainability, interests that may lead to advocacy and deep concern about the world around them. Helping your advanced learner investigate their surroundings can open the door to develop many talents.
Environmental science is the interdisciplinary study of the natural world, bringing together physics, biology, chemistry and information technology. Environmental studies may also include anthropology, economics, ethics, geography and much more.
Young learners might
set up a backyard weather station and record and compare weather data. Slightly older learners might
examine and classify the flora (plants) and fauna (animals) in their neighborhood, learning which species are native and if any are endangered. Some learners make their first foray into advocacy around environmental issues- working to
improve a bicycle path or a recycling program.
Help your child use the scientific method in their investigations by
- Making detailed observations of the world around them and thinking of interesting questions based on these observations.
- Formulating hypotheses based on these questions and observations
- Developing testable predictions
- Gathering data to test the prediction
- Creating a general theory to explain what they've seen.
Pulse of the Planet
offers a 2- minute online radio portraits of Planet Earth using interviews and natural sound.
Green Map System
is an online map making tool that children can use to record the environmental and cultural state of their community.
Information in this article is adapted from Using Environmental Science Investigations to Challenge Gifted Children, Dr. Stephen Schroth Parenting for High Potential, March 2018