A teacher at Cave Spring High School recently received grant funding to build a green-themed outdoor classroom at their school. The classroom area features a compost bin, planter boxes for native plants, a pergola, a wireless weather station, tables and umbrellas, a solar-panel powered laptop charging station, and space for native trees, shrubs, and an organic garden. Through a partnership with Virginia Tech, the school also offers a program where students grow certain genetically-modified plants to test and learn about different stimuli.
The Vernier grant will be instrumental in bringing together these progressive programs and providing the tools and equipment needed for technology-supported data collection. The new equipment will be utilized by numerous students and classes, from ecology to biology to statistics, at the school.