The Dalles, Oregon
More than 500 adolescents at the Northern Oregon Regional Detention Facility (NORCOR) receive classes offered by the local school district. The program at the detention center is considered a satellite of Discovery High School, an alternative school that works closely with NORCOR. A detention center such as NORCOR can produce as much innovation as other schools because the fundamental process is the same: to investigate interesting real-life events and allow students to apply the scientific method and the engineering cycle to develop understanding and create useful outcomes.
Vernier technology will be used as part of classes offered at both NORCOR and Discovery during a garden project where students will conduct multiple investigations, such as relating plant growth to temperature and light levels, evaluating alternative enclosures, testing plant sugar content, or soil nutrient levels, and more.