Steve Smith, Chemistry
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I am returning to Animas High School for my 12th year and look forward to graduating my 3rd advisory! I continue to be inspired by and grateful for my colleagues and the students who define this community. Outside of school I enjoy all things outdoors and spending time with my family and friends.
I am stoked to team-teach Chemistry with Madi and to learn alongside the class of 2024. In the fall we will be exploring chemistry through the theme of food and cooking. There will be many opportunities to engage our gustatory sense as we explore how the chemical composition and structure of matter dictates the properties of substances and how substances are altered through processes involving energy and matter, aka "cooking." Students will be transforming food in the classroom and at home as they design, execute, analyze and communicate about investigations of their own choosing. In the spring students will conduct two projects. In the first they will explore connections between chemistry and art. In the second they will address questions of sustainability and materials science as they explore the design and construction of our new campus. As the culmination of this project students will be creating permanent exhibits that explain sustainable features of the new campus and how the underlying chemistry of the materials contributes to that sustainability. There will be interdisciplinary connections made to their work in Humanities as described above.
The juniors are partnering with the Good Food Collective (GFC) to participate in gleaning efforts through a field trip on Friday September 2. Students will not attend their math class on that day. Pod 2 students (3rd period Chemistry) will leave campus at 10:15 and return at 12:00. Pod 1 students, my 5th period, will leave at 12:45 and return at 2:30. A particular destination has not yet been established, though it will be relatively local.
Students will donate some of the apples they harvest to the GFC's efforts to alleviate food insecurity. The Chemistry class will then work with the CSU Extension Office to preserve apples the following Thursday, September 8. We may donate some of the canned apples back to GFC and students will also be able to take some of their preserved apples home. Throughout this process we will explore science content that is relevant and related to preserving food through the canning process.
We need parent volunteers to help transport students. The earlier we hear, the better as we need to be sure to check for a clean driving record and gather insurance information for all volunteer drivers.
If families have an electric hot water canning bath that they would be willing to let AHS borrow for the canning day that would be greatly appreciated. We will also likely ask students to bring in paring knives, cutting boards and peelers to help with the processing of the apples. Please reach out to me at email@example.com if you can help with driving or can loan an electric canning bath.