Here is Eric's assignment, sorry if it got messed up a little when I pasted it here.
week Science Quest
Due Friday, 18 September
Find out the answer to each of these questions by g
oing to each place and investigating yourself. Wri
te your answers in
your journal. Put the title of this assignment at
the top of the page. Put your journal on the journ
al shelf when you are
How many compost buckets are there in the school?
Where are they?
What goes in the compost?
Describe the current contents of the two black comp
ost bins outside.
What edible things are there in the garden right no
What goes in the recycling bins?
Besides “trash” and “recycling” what are the 4 othe
r labeled containers in the shop and science room w
things are thrown out or recycled?
What happens to cardboard at the school?
What happens to yogurt containers that are still al
l covered with yogurt when people are done with the
What is supposed to happen with them?
List as many labeled containers for tools, supplies
and materials in the shop as you can. Look throug
container – how many actually have the things in th
em that are supposed to be in them?
Where are the dishtubs kept that the dish gatherer
is supposed to use to gather dishes with every day?
check with Donna
Where are clean rags kept?
According to the directions on the front (and your
own interpretation of them) how does one remove a u
knife blade from the blade dispenser screwed to the
side of the cabinet next to where utility knives a
Where are screws and nails kept?
How many different kinds of screw gun bits (for dif
ferent fastener/screw heads) can you count in the p
where these are kept?
Conduct one of the following studies
(This part is due at the end of next week)
Observe the rolls of paper towels in the school for
the week. Record your observations about how many
rolls we use and what we are using them for. When
something spills, do people mop them up with rags
or do they just grab the nearest roll of paper towe
ls and use up the whole thing? Make a
recommendation – should we do something to change t
he amount we use, or does it seem appropriate?
Observe the trash, recycling and compost for the we
ek. Do we do a good job putting each thing in the
appropriate place? Are there apple cores in the ga
rbage? Plastic bags in the recycling? Dishes in th
Observe the dishes in the school for the week. Is
the system we have in place for keeping them clean
working? Is everyone who uses dishes participating
in washing them? Are they actually getting clean
do you feel like you have to wash them again before
you use them?
Observe the use of the projector for the week. How
often is the lamp on when it is not actually being
used? How often is the plastic cover on the projec
tor when it is not on? How much does a new bulb
cost for it?
Look on the front of the projector for the “lamp ty
Design a study on pencil use at NBS. What happens
to all of the pencils we buy? Do they get used up
because people are writing so much? Do they get wh
ittled down in fits over-zealous pencil sharpening
fanaticism? Do they get swept up by brooms during
clean-up? How many people actually keep their
own pencils for more than one class period at a tim