CT Experiential Learning Center (CELC) Ecology and Sustainability Exposition was a great success!  Held at the Willoughgby Wallace Memorial Library in Branford, students set up elaborate interactive displays and shared with the public, family, and friends who attended the event.  Topics related to different renewable and nonrenewable energy source, including geothermal, oil, coal, and nuclear energy, along with participating organizations Trinity Solar, Phoenix Press Wind to Print Facility, and Food Rescue US. 

CELC’s theme this year was Ecology and Sustainability.  As part of this study, students learned about biomes, ecosystems, and environmental issues. They worked to understand a variety of topics, such as climate change and its related potential consequences, the benefits of locally grown food, and clean water.  

After months of research and preparation, each student not only wrote a formal research paper about a specific energy source, but also applied new understanding of this study through displays and activities. From hand-made posters that contained a variety of factual information to visuals, graphs, charts, and interactive models, students showcased what they had learned.  With great attention to detail, imagination, ingenuity, and dedication, the students produced outstanding work that clearly demonstrated the knowledge they acquired about their topics, all of which was presented during the Ecology and Sustainability Exposition. 

“I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed the theme presentations last Friday. I was particularly impressed with the presentations on nuclear power as well as on geothermal energy. I appreciated the fact that the presenters were well acquainted with the problems, with their solutions, and spoke knowledgeably about them. You two [Maria and Melinda, co-founders of CELC] are obviously doing great work. Your little school is the hidden treasure of the area. Keep up the good work.”    – Bruce W. (former elementary school teacher)

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