AP Environmental Science

This course is equivalent to a semester-long college level course that investigates the natural sciences in an interdisciplinary context. The course follows the instructions set forth in the Course Description for AP Environmental Science (APES). The goal of the APES course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationship of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and man-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them.

The class includes laboratory and field modules. A minimum of one class period per week will be spent on lab work. Environmental Science is interdisciplinary; the course includes a wide variety of topics from different areas of study. At the college level, environmental science is offered in a variety of departments, including geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry and geography.

All students must maintain an organized notebook, which consists of laboratory data, safety guidelines, and any work completed inside or outside of the classroom. Independent reading assignments must be completed to complement the laboratory exercises. The reading involves approximately 1 to 2 chapters a week with regular chapter quizzes and unit tests that cover 2 to 3 chapters at a time. Independent and group projects consist of researching various scientific topics, concepts and data.

Each student is encouraged to take the AP Exam and our school requires each student to also take an assessment for the final exam because the AP results would not be scored and returned in time for the end of the school year. This course attracts a diverse range of students because they are interested in the variety of topics covered in class. Empowering students with scientific understanding concerning the environment at a college level allows them to become positive contributors to our society. To protect our Earth and our future; we need to equip today’s students to be tomorrow’s environment stewards.

Intro to APES--Digital Breakout (click here to get to the locks) Then, use the links below to solve the locks. Work as a team--NO GUESSING!

Lock #1: Image at left and read this excerpt (additional research may be necessary)

Lock 2: Google earth

Lock 3: You tube clip

Lock 4: Infographic

For this lock, you will have to pay attention to the information given in the infographic as well as the ORDER it is asked for in the breakout directions!

Lock 5: You will have to USE the key to identify the tree leaves in order to solve this lock!

Lock 6: use these three images

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