Year 1 Class
This course is designed for EHS Juniors and Seniors who are interested in an applied science experience. Students enroll in two consecutive class periods for the entire school year (for example, 3rd & 4th hours). The coursework is completed on the campus of Historic Fort Reno, Inc., at the BlueSTEM AgriLearning Center (BALC) and the USDA Grazinglands Research Laboratory (GRS).
First semester students work at BALC to complete various assignments related to conducting authentic scientific research. Topics include, but are not limited to, collecting scientific data, understanding safety and security procedures, writing research reports according to USDA protocols, developing a résumé for scientific purposes, and making scientific presentations.
Second semester finds students conducting authentic research under the guidance of a USDA scientist. Scientists at the USDA GRS are involved in:
- Oklahoma Mesonet Station’s world-class network of environmental monitoring stations;
- Forage and Livestock Production Research designed to develop and deliver improved technologies, management strategies, and strategic and tactical planning tools that impact the economy and environment; and,
- Great Plains Agroclimate and Natural Resource Research which strives to quantify interactive effects of land use, agricultural management, climate, and the water cycle on agricultural and hydrologic systems.
Assignments are given by EHS, BALC and USDA staff. Grades are recorded just like in your regular classes at EHS. Attendance is closely monitored as students are working with professional scientists who volunteer their time to serve as mentors.
The class is limited to ten (10) students for 2017-18. For more information, contact Mrs. Jennifer Walsh-Davis, EHS counselor, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. Kristy Ehlers, research class director, email@example.com.
Year 2 Class
The second year class is for EHS Juniors or Seniors who have successfully completed the first year of the course. Successful completion includes an outstanding attendance rate, timely and accurate completion of all assignments, positive feedback from the USDA research scientist working with the student, and the student’s continued interest in working under the direction and guidance of a professional researcher. Students enroll in at least two consecutive class periods for the entire school year.
Coursework is completed on the campus of Historic Fort Reno, Inc. (HFRI) at the BlueSTEM AgriLearning Center (BALC) and the USDA Grazinglands Research Laboratory (GRS). During the second year of this class, students will extend their skills and knowledge by assisting a USDA scientist conduct his/her advanced research program in environmental, livestock production, or agroclimate and natural resources. Advanced assignments will be given to students from the EHS, BALC, and USDA staff. Students will be expected to prepare research documents to be submitted for juried review and competition.
This class is limited to student who have completed the first year course at EHS. For more information, contact Mrs. Jennifer Walsh-Davis, EHS counselor, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Dr. Kristy Ehlers, research class facilitator, email@example.com.