The Ambassadors Program is guided by a professionally developed, three-year curriculum* grounded in federal and state science standards. The first two years take students from the visible to the molecular in understanding the growth of plants. In the third year, we turn to Earth systems that affect food production, including climate change. Students also learn about steps that they and their families can take to conserve the environment. Along the way, they are challenged to wrap their
minds around age-appropriate lessons in Earth and atmospheric science, biology, chemistry, math, writing, art and public speaking.
Each semester, the Ambassadors conduct an experiment on edible plants, going from seed to harvest, studying the effects of variables such as light, wind, moisture and vital nutrients. Once a week, students record detailed measurements and observations in their notebook, capping off their observations on Harvest Day, which is the happiest class of the term. Afterwards, they analyze and graph their results, comparing them with their initial hypotheses.