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Our new “Be a Hero” series will shed light on our engaging, empowering Project Hero Quests.

 

The return to school is an unusual one this year. Students have been disconnected from the traditional classroom, in some cases, for more than a year. One way to get them re-engaged is interactive and authentic project-based learning that gets them outside and learning in their own backyards!

Project Hero is the perfect - and free - solution to bringing project-based learning to YOUR classroom. The platform offers standards-aligned and hands-on project-based learning that empowers students to take action for local endangered and threatened species and ecosystems. Outside of these online and outdoor lessons, educators have the chance to secure grants up to $250 for their classroom’s project to take meaningful action to help these species and habitats.

Each Quest uses Captain Planet Foundation’s QUEST framework to guide student learning: Question, Uncover, Explore, Solve, and Teach. In our new “Be a Hero” series, we will highlight five fascinating Quests that educators can use with their students this fall!

 

S.O.S: SAVE OUR SOILS

Soils play a critical role in how ecosystems function. When soil is unhealthy, it is unable to carry out its full purpose.

The main goal of the Soil Quest is to help students understand the role of soil in supporting healthy ecosystems and environmental systems, and how to restore and protect healthy soils.

Sign up now to introduce the Soil Quest in your classroom here.

Tune into Captain Planet Foundation’s Instagram to hear from CPF team members  about the Soil Quest and all our Project Hero Quests!

 

 

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BEE A POLLINATOR HERO

Pollinators are essential to the life cycle of various flowering plants. Unfortunately, these creatures, including bats, butterflies, bees, and moths, are facing drastic declines in their overall population sizes.

The Pollinator Quest allows students to explore these important creatures and to choose native pollinator species to focus on in design of their SOLVE Project!

Create an Educator Account and start your Pollinator Quest here before October 31, 2021 for a chance to win a FREE ecoSTEM Pollinator Kit. 

 

 

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EXPLORING MN WATERS 

Millions of years ago, glaciers covered much of the Minnesota region. As climate conditions evolved, increased temperatures in the area caused the glaciers to melt over time. The freshwater lakes, rivers, and wetlands present in the Minnesota area were formed from these glacial melts.

During the Minnesota Freshwater QUEST, students identify the role water plays in that region, current pollution pressures, species declines, and how human decisions can improve freshwater system health.

Educators in Minnesota who have registered for a FREE account and complete Quest surveys will have the chance to secure grants up to $250 for their classroom’s project to protect Minnesota’s freshwater resources.

 

 

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WOLVES ARE OUR NEIGHBORS

Despite wolves being the most scientifically studied animals, they are still commonly misunderstood. Throughout the Wolf Coexistence Quest, various myths are debunked to help change the negative perspective people have towards wolves.

Through empathy and understanding the science and facts about wolves, coexisting with these animals will become a much simpler process. This Quest is perfect for teachers interested in teaching about these dynamic animals.

Teachers who start a Project Hero account and engage with the Wolf Quest before October 21 will be entered into a drawing to bring your classroom a live virtual Q&A with Mike Phillips, the biologist who played an instrumental role in bringing wolves back to Yellowstone National Park.

LONG LIVE LONGLEAF (PINES) 

Longleaf Pine forests are one of the most biodiverse fire dependent ecosystems on the planet. The historical range of this forest has all but disappeared due to deforestation and fire suppression. An understandable fear about wildfires destroying homes has sparked a sense of fear for some residents who live near the forest, like those who live close to these forests extending from Eastern Texas to Virginia.

Throughout the Longleaf Pine Quest, each student is able to explore the significance of the longleaf pine forest, determine which species depend on this threatened ecosystem, and plan projects that will help conserve this biodiversity hotspot in the southeastern US.

As one of our newest Project Hero Quests - educators who create an account and begin the Longleaf Pine Quest will also be entered for a chance to win a classroom virtual live session with a scientist working in the Longleaf ecosystem.

Want more information about all the Project Hero Quests?

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