PULS teaches kids the physics of waves, along with the role of wave activity on humans, including coastal erosion and harnessing waves as a renewable source of energy. Students engage in a series of interactive learning, as well as have the opportunity to build an assortment of models (waves in a bottle, wave machines, wave energy generator, and more), that integrates science, technology, engineering, arts+design, and mathematics. Check out the photo gallery to see pictures of Nanakuli Elementary's 4th grade students working hard to learn and build models.
Bee Part of the Solution
One of PULS's core lesson plans focuses on the observational indoor beehive that was donated by The Bee Cause/Whole Kids Foundation.
Believe it or not, we have a bee to thank for every one in three bites of food we eat. Honey bees perform about 80% of all pollination worldwide. A single bee colony can pollinate 300 million flowers each day.
Worldwide bee colonies are collapsing from a variety of factors—pesticides, drought, habitat destruction, nutrition deficit, air pollution, global warming and more. In the Hawaiian Islands, several of the rare native bees have gone extinct, while others are declining. Hawaii's only native bee is placed on Endangered Species list.
The purpose of Bee Part of the Solution is to use a multi-disciplinary approach with hands-on learning opportunities to lay the foundation for students to understand the ecological significance of bees. The end goal is for students to reflect upon the knowledge gained from the lab to create strategic sustainable solutions to protecting these crucial pollinators.
Become a Tree Hugger
PULS creates an action-oriented lesson plan to foster the next generation of urban forester. Students start by learning the biology of trees, focusing on structural parts and how trees survive. As urban foresters, they learn how to measure tree health using actual forestry tools and techniques that help to monitor and manage forests. Students understand how tree roots contribute to runoff mitigation, and PULS concludes with a day of native outplanting. Each participating school and student "earns" a native tree to plant on the grounds of the host site and one to take home. The project will result in the cultivation of over 200 conservation-aware tree-planting stewards and over 240 trees planted, contributing to the City and County of Honolulu's goal to plant 100,000 trees by 2025! Mahalo to Native Ecosystem Services for providing the program with beautiful native trees.