"Preserving the Past" is a problem-based STEM learning curriculum within which 6 th grade students from Akron Public Schools (APS) investigate historic photos and blueprints and collect, analyze and interpret soil testing data to help them solve a real-life problem: historic preservation of a 100-year-old landscape design.
Before they arrive at Stan Hywet, students are prepared by their teachers through a series of activities and in class labs that help them discover the necessary background information to the "problem" they are tasked with solving.
At Stan Hywet, students work in teams to conduct a variety of soil tests in the Plane Tree Allee and Dell areas of the estate. They are then tasked with accurately entering the collected information firstly on written sheets and then into an online database using tablet computers. Back at school, students analyze and compare their collected data with other groups to generate a final report.
Preserving the Past Program Assistants help guide student inquiry, facilitate soil testing and help students enter data accurately. Volunteers also assist Stan Hywet educators and APS teachers and staff with set up, tear down, bus greeting and directions.
Program Assistants are required to attend one training day session on either Tuesday April 11 or Thursday April 13 from 3 - 5pm.
Preserving the Past Programs are May 2 - 5, May 9 - 12, and May 19, 8:30am - 2pm.
- General Education
- Environmental Education
- Community Outreach
- People Skills
- Teaching / Instruction
Good Match For
Teens People 55+
Requirements & Commitment
- Background Check
- Orientation or Training
- attend one training day session on either Tuesday April 11 or Thursday April 13 from 3 - 5pm.