Seattle City Light's Shrinking Bigfoot program introduces students in grades 1 - 8 to topics such as electrical safety, renewable energy, energy conservation, and carbon footprints. Through interactive and hands-on activities, students learn how their energy use and personal choices have an impact on climate change. The Shrinking Bigfoot program offers free climate-change assemblies, student workshops and a teacher training for schools in the City Light service territory. All program components support the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core, and Integrated Environmental and Sustainability Standards. Since 2008, the program has reached more than 50,000 students and teachers.
The Environmental Affairs and Real Estate Division completed their eleventh year of the “Homeward Bound” field trip on October 23rd, 2015. The program gives fifth graders from Seattle Public Schools an opportunity to witness the return of salmon to local rivers while learning about different aspects of natural sciences. The program is intentionally offered to schools where 95 percent or more of the student body are students of color. This year, the participants were fifth graders from Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary school in South Seattle whose teachers are using the Land and Water Curriculum, a set of lessons designed by the National Science Resources Center to teach students the story of how the Earth was formed and how it continues to change. The goal is to give these students (many who have not had field experiences) an opportunity to walk trails, learn about rivers, fish, as well as how to use maps and compasses. The trips helps show students that biology and natural sciences can be fun, and there is a vast field of career opportunities that can include some (or maybe all!) of these things. The field trip takes place on the Cedar River, at Ron Regis Park near Renton. Staff who participated included Liz Ablow, Dave Barber, Allison Crowley, Forrest Howk, Jen Kindred, Denise Krownbell, Ciaran McGee, Kiyomi Morris, Scott Powell, Jacques Rodriguez, and Shannon Straws.
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