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Chrysalis Montessori

Teaching and learning

As part of the ChrySOLARis project, Chrysalis students participated in a range of action learning tasks throughout 2005 and 2006, including:

  • Constructing and testing solar powered cars, solar fans and a solar-powered ferris wheel.
  • Building with a solar-powered Lego kit.
  • Making a model of Chrysalis as a solar powered school.
  • Designing and using solar ovens.
  • Using Dala solar paint to create artwork that would change in the sun.

In preparation for the installation of the solar panels, students conducted tests to help determine appropriate placement of the panels. The installed panels are monitored by a data logger to ensure they are kept in good working order, and students are able to analyse and compare the data collected from the use of the solar panels.

Although solar power is a feature at Chrysalis, student learning about energy covers many other aspects. In 2005, through energy audits, the upper primary students calculated their household energy consumption. They then made dough ecological footprints with toothpick signs of energy-saving messages and displayed this with a power point presentation at a school meeting.

Chrysalis covers a comprehensive range of activities in all areas of Education for Sustainability, with teachers attending professional development sessions to enhance their skills and knowledge. Every class is involved in some aspect of EfS during every term.

Curriculum Links: Values 5. Environmental responsibility (5.2 – Conservation of the environment; 5.3 – Sustainable development)

Curriculum Links: Society and Environment (Place and Space; Resources); Science (Investigating; Earth and Beyond; Energy and Change)

Chrysalis Montessori

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