2015 Proposal Recap: – PS110/Aqualab was to be an Aquarium, Science Lab and Learning Lounge where 1500 kids of grades K-5 can safely fall in love – with Greenpoint and its waterways! Observation, exploration, field studies, service learning, family fun, community environmental actions and stewardship. The AquaLab facility and programs were to be accessible to classes visiting from PS31 + PS34 and offer community events open to all.
AquaLab’s Legacy: – We are excited and hopeful that many of AquaLab’s objectives will now be implemented at PS110 by the newly funded Greenpoint Eco-Schools Program. Another important proposal element – SmartBoard technology, won its recent approval through District 33’s Participatory Budgeting process. PS110 now expects this long-desired school-wide technology upgrade to be put in place by 2016/17.
P.S.110, in partnership with Newtown Creek Alliance, NYU’s Wallerstein Collaborative and their graduate program in Environmental Conservation Education (ECE) proposes AquaLab, a learning center serving over 1,500 K-5 students in Greenpoint. AquaLab recognizes localized science education and environmental action as two sustaining forces behind an environmentally sound Greenpoint. AquaLab’s full program proposal consists of an aquarium, a science lab, a resource lounge
– and a curriculum designed to engage K-5 students and their families at the community level. NCA’s site-specific support, education and community outreach provide the link between Newtown Creek’s ecosystems and AquaLab’s environmental education objectives. Supported activities include center based activities such as the study of aquatic species, water quality, salinity testing and resource lounge sessions. NCA will provide safe access to watershed infrastructure and bioremediation sites through age-appropriate field trips. NYU’s Wallerstein Collaborative is our experienced consultant in curricular development. Teacher training, highly actionable center sessions, site visits and service learning projects will be developed and jointly facilitated by AquaLab’s dedicated ECE graduate program interns, management, teaching partners and volunteers.
With educational packages and PS110/AquaLab facility visits extended to P.S.31 and P.S.34 – AquaLab will be a truly community-wide resource for environmental education and action.