Brown Environmental Leadership Lab:
Environmental Science and Social Action for High School Students
Two-Week Residential Sessions:
June 26 – July 8, 2016
July 10 – 22, 2016
July 24 – August 5, 2016
For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2016, with a minimum age requirement of 15 by the start of the program.
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Addressing today’s environmental issues requires passionate, well-rounded, and thoughtful leaders. Current environmental concerns can be overwhelming and your potential to make an impact may seem small. At Brown’s Environmental Leadership Lab in Rhode Island, we immerse ourselves in environmental science and studies to better grasp, discuss, and propose solutions to today’s challenges. Using disciplines like biology, chemistry, economics, history, sociology, and engineering, students will approach a variety of challenges and, hopefully, identify where their core passions lie.
Climate change is arguably the single most important issue for emerging scientists and leaders to understand because it spans disciplines, crosses geo-political boundaries, and will fundamentally change the way we live. At BELL, the context for all of our lessons will be to better understand the causes and impacts of climate change in order to brainstorm solutions.
Since solutions require action, students also develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be socially responsible leaders. Leadership skills are taught through a number of workshops, team-building experiences, and the development of an Action Plan.
Students will enroll in BELL: Rhode Island
Topics of Study:
- Land use, local food, and food justice
- Terrestrial and coastal ecology
- Alternative energy technologies and solutions
- Water management
- Science communication
- Environmental justice and policy
- Socially-responsible leadership
In every lesson, students will work together to make connections between daily topics and to our overall course theme.