Guided by Missouri’s Next Generation Science Standards, a team of five children in grades 4-6 from
each Alliance School will undertake challenging, hands-on projects in an after-school program that
willthe meet once a week for the entire school year.
Besides acting as ambassadors to their own schools, presenting what they learn to classes of their
peers, children will create blogs and videos, offering lessons in sustainability, science and
technology on-line, as seen through the eyes of children.
The method of instruction will be experiential and exploratory, with children helping to develop
hypotheses, design the experiments to test them, carry out the experiments, and present their
results. The sixth graders will help the younger children on each team in the most challenging tasks,
and the entire team will develop simple teaching materials—art work, banners, and filmed
skits—to help even younger children learn from their experiences in the program.
Hands-on shared activities will also result in team-building and networking between Alliance
Schools and SLU, which is a priority for future activities of the Green House Venture.
The Green Thumb Ambassadors planted tiny seeds called basil. We planted five rows and named each row that we planted. They were called Apple,Bob,Tom,Sam, and Tristan! It was hard to space them out evenly, because they were so tiny. They were 20 times smaller than peas! We watered them daily and made sure they were moist.When they finally started growing they were white and furry. They grew rapidly and we were all astonished. On week 4 we thinned the majority of them, but transplanted some of them because we didn't want them to go to waist. For a couple of days in week five we had a gigantic and dangerous drought! We were unable to water poor and pitiful plants. They suffered greatly and were badly damaged.Tuesday we harvested the basil plants and took pictures of them. Then, we washed them. Now we plan on eating them with pizza and spaghetti and chicken. Maybe even ice cream ! We all had an amazing time in the The Marvelous Adventures Of The Green House Ambassadors!