Learning through Global Collaboration & Peer Review
January 8, 2006
Sweat Mountain Environmental Impact Study

RatransThis extraordinary project, which began in 2004, is an ongoing collaboration among the 7th grade Life Sciences teachers, the Mabry Science Club, the Rivers Alive Watershed Clean-up and Educational group, the Cobb County Adopt-a-Stream program, the Cobb County Parks and Recreation Service, and the Keep Cobb Beautiful organization. The project received an $11,000 grant in 2004. Their work has been recognized with the first place award in the Youth Environmental Symposium, sponsored by the Georgia Conservancy.2004Yeslogo

The purpose of the project is to conduct a detailed, ongoing study of the flora, fauna, environmental and sociological issues in Sweat Mountain Park, which is contiguous to our school property. In addition to keeping detailed records of the water quality and plant and animal life in the park, semi-annual clean up and maintenance events, wildlife demonstrations, lunch in the park, and movie-making activities are scheduled for the whole family and our greater community. These events have proven to be great fun for the whole family in addition to meeting an important environmental need in our community. The movies of past events have been shared with a sing-along for young students at two of our elementary schools on Earth Day.

The Mabry Global Learning Collaborative will feature information and data related to this ongoing community collaboration. If you are interested in participating in this project, you may contact any of the Mabry science teachers; however, Mrs. Carroll, who actually began the project, will serve as your primary contact.

Visit the Sweat Mountain Environmental Impact Study at Mabry's Global Learning Collaborative at this link.

January 6, 2006
Jekyll Island, 2006

JekyllOur 7th grade Life Science students go on a science expedition to study the ecology of Jekyll Island, an area with rich bio-diversity on the Atlantic coast of Georgia.  This collaborative will allow our students and parents to communicate information before and during the trip.  Once the expedition is underway, a rich photo journal will be included to document the students' learning experiences.  Stay tuned to this link for the latest information related to the trip. 

Mr. Swanson is the contact for this project.

Antarctica McMurdo Station Collaboration

EmperorWelcome to the Antarctica Research Team Collaboration. This project collaboration is jointly sponsored by Mr. Chris Swanson, Mabry Instructional Lead Teacher, and Ms. Jean Pennycook, who will serve as our Polar Education Coordinator. This collaboration will be nothing short of an educational adventure! Ms. Pennycook is stationed at the McMurdo Research Station in Antarctica. The station is located on Ross Island at the edge of the Ross Ice Shelf, and is the largest US research base in Antarctica. Click here for a map showing the location of the station.

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The center of activity at the station is the scientists and their projects, but there are also many people who are there to run the station: everything from cooks to carpenters, firemen to crane operators. This town supports about 1,000 members. They all live in dorms, eat in a common dining room, have a hospital, and a post office.

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The purpose of this collaboration is to share the science and the adventure of living and working in the unique environment of the station with our Mabry students. Right now there is a Russian ice breaker off the shore churning up the sea ice so the supply ship can come in. Only one ship comes in a year and brings all the supplies for the next 12 months.

If you have any questions about Antarctica, you may post them here for Ms. Pennycook, Mabry's own Polar Education Coordinator at the McMurdo Station, Antarctica! To go to the Antarctica McMurdo Station Collaboration and start learning, just click here!

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