2015-16 Care for Our Earth Grants

The 2015-16 Care for Our Earth Grant program was generously funded by:

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Harnessing the Sun

Michelle Bayly
Fesler Junior High School
Santa Maria-Bonita School District

The goal of this project is for students to discover how energy is used on their school campus. Students will investigate ways to save energy using renewable sources.

Drought through History-Then and Now

Kristin Anderson, Doug English, Matt Makowetski
Maple High School
Lompoc Unified School District

This project encompasses the current drought in California through a historical and scientific lens while using research based methodologies. Students will investigate using primary source documents and performing hands-on learning activities which will include visiting local farms and water treatment facilities.

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Be Cool–Cut CO2 by walking to School OR See Us Driving a Prius

Laura Branch
Ernest Righett High School
Santa Maria Joint Union HIgh School District

Students will test carbon dioxide emissions given off by different car types, by collecting and testing carbon dioxide emissions with Air Pollution & Vehicle Exhaust supplies, the students will determine which type of car gives off the least amount of carbon dioxide emissions.

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Water Wise

Sarah Barthel
Lompoc High School
Lompoc Unified School District

The Lompoc High School Choir and Drama students performed a 30 minute show which educated the audience members on simple water conservation tips which may be implemented in their daily routine.

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Carbon Dioxide Reduction Proposal

Megan Cotich, Shannon Yorke
La Colina Junior High School
Santa Barbara Unified School District

In this project students will grow plants to determine that Carbon Dioxide is the main source of biomass. The information collected will be used to write a letter to the Governor
to explain how plants can be used to reduce CO2 from the atmosphere.

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Rain for Restoration

Teri Briggs
Goleta Family School
Goleta Union School District

Students will create a rain catchment system for the classrooms restoration habitat.
The rainwater will be used to water the plants at the site.

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Chatting About Energy

Sandy Garcia
Ernest Righetti High School
Santa Maria Joint Union School District

This project will increase awareness and implement energy conservation strategies with nonverbal high school students in a Special Day Class with the use of Augmentative and Alternate Communication Application, TouchChat Suite.

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Water Wise Gardening

Kelly Christiansen
El Camino School
Goleta Union School District

Students will evaluate the differences in water usage between a typical garden and a water wise garden by using drought tolerant plants.

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Plants-Foods Diets for a Better Planet

Rob Goettler
San Marcos High School
Santa Barbara Unified School District

Students will become more informed about the environmental implications of animal agriculture and the large water use associated with it in this time of drought. Students will discuss ways to shift their diet to include more plant-based foods.

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Caring for our Earth the Culminating Project

Zak Claycamp
Maple High School
Lompoc Unified School District

This project encompasses the current drought in California. Students will investigate using primary source documents and doing hands on learning activities which will include local farms and water treatment facilities.

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Solar Cars

Chad Hartford
Tunnell Elementary
Santa Maria-Bonita School District

Students will have a greater understanding of how solar energy works, by applying Scientific Principles to design, construct and test a device that either minimizes/maximizes energy transfer.

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Rain, Rain Do Not Go Away Stay Around for Another Day

LoriLee Collins
Carpinteria Family School
Carpinteria Unified School District

Students will collect and conserve water through smart design by using their knowledge of the water cycle, geological formations, soil erosion, and physical changes. Students will ultimately design and construct a Rain Garden at Carpinteria Family School.

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Ban the Bag-Phase II

LeeAnn Knodel
Santa Barbara High School
Santa Barbara Unified School District

Ms. Knodel’s students will design and make themed bags to use, to sell and to give people an alternative to “paper or plastic.” Making the reusable bags will provide the students with a hands on learning experience and keep plastic bags out of the landfill.

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The World More Beautiful

Holly DeKorte
Benjamin Foxen School
Blochman Union School District

The students will create drought tolerant seed bombs using air dry clay, soil, and a variety of drought tolerant seeds, such as Channel Island Bush Poppy, Lupine, Tidy Tips, and California Yarrow. The seed bombs will be spread around empty areas on their school campus to make it “More Beautiful.”

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Taylor Timber Wolves” “Walk and Roll”

Kristen Lohr
Taylor School
Santa Maria-Bonita School District

Taylor third graders will map, test, create and promote safe routes to school for walkers and bike riders. Students will learn to calculate and evaluate the positive effects of mitigation such as physical health, less traffic congestion, and clean air.

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Chumash Uses of Native Plants

Jennifer Elliott
Santa Ynez Elementary
College School District

Ms. Elliott’s class will experience and learn the importance of drought tolerant plants and how Native Chumash lived and thrived off the land using native plant species for making food, medicine, clothing, and shelter.

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Sunny Science: Solar Powered Oven

Linda Mayer
Santa Ynez Valley Charter School
College School District

Students will explore alternatives to the traditional method of making S’mores by constructing a solar powered oven out of recycled pizza boxes. They will learn that this method of cooking can not only concentrate the sun’s powerful energy, but also it doesn’t add greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.

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Dryland/Water Saving Landscapte

Gretchen Flaherty
Lompoc High School
Lompoc Unified School District

Students will be taught the importance of water conservation and landscaping using minimal water and by choosing drought tolerant plants.

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Reducing Waste to Create Rich Soil

Estela Montes
Arthur Hapgood School
Lompoc Unified School District

Focusing on science standards students will learn about plant adaptations, growth, and meeting their needs by making rich soil.

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Keeping Our Garden Green

Laura Ishikawa
Hilltop Program
Santa Barbara County Education Office

Students will collect water dripping from the building’s air conditioner unit as well as from the rain gutters, the reclaimed water will be placed into barrels and used to maintain the children’s growing garden. Also, students will learn stewardship of caring for their garden and using resources wisely.

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Sing for Our Earth

Devon Nelson
Harding University Partnership School
Santa Barbara Unified School District

In this project first and second grade students will compose songs about saving water or saving energy. The students will compose songs to help them take action on something they care about, once they have composed their songs they will share these songs with one another and with their families.

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We Won’t Waste Water Challenge

Andrea Lauderdale
Vieja Valley School
Hope School District

Ms. Lauderdale’s first grade class will learn about the water cycle and how water is a necessary part of everyone’s existence. Students and their families will track their water usage and time spent taking a shower and then adjust to five minutes or less per shower, by shortening their showers they can save an average of 40 gallons per shower.

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Why Walk?

Caryn Parker
Canalino School
Carpinteria Unified School District

This project is designed to educate first graders about the benefits of walking, not just relating to their own health and well being, but more importantly to teach them how walking to exciting outdoor destinations in their own community can help keep the environment healthy as well.

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Water Wise Landscaping

Kelly McDonald
Solvang School
Solvang School District

Students will research drought tolerant plants and convert a school planter to flora that will
save water. Once the students have completed their research, they will share their research information of how to save water at home by creating Water Wise Landscaping.

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Pedal Power!

Rachel Renkoski
Fesler Junior High School
Santa Maria-Bonita School District

A Pedal Power course will be offered once each semester to teach students bike safety and the rules of the road, as well as bike mechanics.

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Drought From the Scientific Perspective

Mark Mitchell
Maple High School
Lompoc Unified School District

Mr. Mitchell’s class will examine the drought and the water cycle and how the drought affects not only life in California, but the world. Students will gain a better understanding
by using primary source documents and conducting hands-on activities as well as visiting local farms and water treatment facilities.

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Thermostall Light Monitors

Richard Rowe
Taylor School
Santa Maria-Bonita School District

In this project sixth grade students will conduct a scheduled monitoring program on thermostat and lighting for the entire school. These energy ambassadors will also encourage and educate classrooms effective use of lighting and HVAC systems.

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One Drop at a Time

Carlota Romero
David J. Sanchez Elementary School
Santa Maria-Bonita School District

Teachers and students will discuss the different ways water is used at school and in the community. They will research water conservation strategies, create a list of easy tips, and will make colorful posters to share with the school community and home.

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Paths of the Bobcats

Annette Shimamura
Santa Ynez School
College School District

The students will learn the many benefits of composting in their school garden. They will learn the process of recycling kitchen waste from their lunch to make compost that will be added to the soil in the school garden utilizing the material in their soil for plants and water conservation.

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Smart Water Succulent Garden

Tammy Shorb
Hope School
Hope School District

Students will plant and sustain a succulent garden using only recaptured water from hand washing with Earth friendly soap. The students will be able to communicate facts about the drought and water saving tips from their garden experiences and research they have completed.