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Expeditions from the Past

Spring 2014 - reVOLT

Enough solar energy hits Earth in an hour to supply all of humanity’s energy needs for an entire year. Yet simple life sustaining tasks such as purifying water, powering lights, and transporting goods are difficult for a significant part of the world’s population. In their spring expedition, Windsor 8 students will reVOLT against the current limitations imposed by our ways of using energy. They will begin by investigating the science and social issues behind wind power. By combining knowledge from all classes, students will design and build a device that solves a modern-day energy need in a unique way. They will research the energy conversions shown in their invention and explain the social need behind their project. To culminate, they will pitch their designs and research to a panel of community members.

 

Fall 2013 - Truth or Consequences
What is the truth? Why and how do people manipulate the truth? These are the questions Windsor 8 will investigate during our Truth or Consequences expedition. The truth (or lack thereof) is pervasive, and we will examine media literacy, advertising, and, on a broader scale, propaganda. As a final product, students will choose a current issue and create a truth poster to uncover and communicate the truth behind a topic of their choice. They will be collaborating with Maine College of Art faculty and students to design, create, critique, and display their truth ads.

Our Spring Expedition -- Creating Currents Spring 2012

Windsor 8 students will be Creating Currents this spring with their latest expedition. They will be investigating ways to reduce their carbon footprint through energy audit data collection and subsequent analysis leading to informed conservation practices. Collaboration with experts in the areas of conservation, building products, design, and alternative energy will help each student create a net-zero home design. In addition, the students will investigate alternative energy production, the public policy decisions involving alternative energy. The expedition will culminate with a competition of electricity generating wind turbines built be the students.

Windsor 8 -- Truth or Consequences Fall 2011

What is the truth? Why and how do people manipulate the truth? These are the questions Windsor 8 will investigate during our Truth or Consequences expedition. The truth (or lack thereof) is pervasive, and we will examine media literacy, advertising, and, on a broader scale, propaganda. As a final product, students will choose a current issue and create a truth ad to uncover and communicate the truth behind a topic of their choice. They will be collaborating with Maine College of Art faculty and students to design, create, critique, and display their truth ads. Students will seek out area businesses and public spaces best suited for displaying their truth ads in order to reach and impact a wide audience.

Our Spring Expedition: Truth or Consequences Spring 2011

What is the truth? Why and how do people manipulate the truth? These are the questions Windsor 8 will investigate during our Truth or Consequences expedition. The truth (or lack thereof) is pervasive, and we will examine media literacy, advertising, and, on a broader scale, propaganda. As a final product, students will choose a current issue and create a truth ad to uncover and communicate the truth behind a topic of their choice. They will be collaborating with Maine College of Art faculty and students to design, create, critique, and display their truth ads. Students will seek out area businesses and public spaces best suited for displaying their truth ads in order to reach and impact a wide audience.

Our Fall Expedition: Creating Currents Fall 2010

Did you know that imported oil is the source of 90% of Maine's energy consumption annually? More significantly, the amount of potential clean and renewable energy from wind in the Gulf of Maine could meet the state's needs one hundred times over. The students of Windsor 8 are going to confront both of these facts during their expedition WINDSor in Motion. They will be collaborating with former governor Angus King and local energy experts to address Maine's impending energy crisis. They will analyze the current wind farm debate in Maine, and culminate the expedition with presentations of their own electricity generating wind turbine models before an audience of energy experts at a homegrown Green Expo with local energy industy representatives.

Windsor 8 is Creating Currents Spring 2010

Windsor Eight students will be Creating Currents this spring with their latest expedition. They will be investigating ways to reduce their carbon footprint through energy audit data collection and subsequent analysis leading to informed conservation practices. Collaboration with experts in the areas of conservation, building products, design, and alternative energy will help each each student create a green building design. In addition, the students will investigate alternative energy production, the public policy decisions involving alternative energy. The expedition will culminate with a competition of electricity generating wind turbines built be the students.

Student Views of the Expedition -- Truth or Consequences on line Fall 2009 
A multimedia feature produced by students of Windsor 8. See the complete section here.

Truth or Consequences explores "truth" in the age of mass media Fall 2009

What is the truth? Why do people manipulate the truth, and how do they do it? These are the questions Windsor 8 will investigate during our "Truth or Consequences" expedition. The truth (or lack thereof) is pervasive, and we will examine media literacy, advertising, and, on a broader scale, propaganda.

In social studies and English classes, we will study Nazi war propaganda and The Diary of Anne Frank. In math and science, we will look at data manipulation and learn techniques to skew data. While putting the truth and propaganda into a historical context, we will also learn the skills used to deliver convincing messages.

As a final product, students will choose a current issue and create a truth ad to uncover and communicate the truth behind a topic of their choice. They will be collaborating with Maine College of Art faculty and students to design, create, critique, and display their truth ads. Students will seek out area businesses and public spaces best suited for displaying their truth adsin order to reach and impact a wide audience.

Student Views of the Expedition -- Windsor in Motion on line Fall 2008 
A multimedia feature produced by students of Windsor 8. See the complete section here.

In WINDsor in Motion, students analyze the statewide debate about wind energy and take steps to conserve energy at King Fall 2008

Did you know that imported oil is the source of 90% of Maine's energy consumption annually? More significantly, the amount of potential clean and renewable energy from wind in the Gulf of Maine could meet the state's needs one hundred times over.

The students of Windsor 8 are going to confront both of these facts during their expedition WINDSor in Motion. They will be collaborating with former governor Angus King and local energy experts to address Maine's impending energy crisis. They will analyze the current wind farm debate in Maine, and culminate the expedition with presentations of their own electricity generating wind turbine models before an audience of energy experts.

Former governor Angus King shares his energy plan with Windsor 8Fall 2008

Governor King presented his recent work on harvesting wind power in the Gulf of Maine to the students of Windsor 8 for their expedition Windsor in Motion. Mr. King provided an overview of Maine's energy challenges and invited students to become collaborators in designing floating wind turbines that could meet the state's energy needs ten times over.

 

 

Truth or Consequences culminates with student presentations and displays of Truth Ads Fall 2007

Before an audience of classmates, teachers and parents, students of Windsor 8 represented their take on how popular media presents and often manipulates information. Beginning with a recap of the infamous birth control debate at King, students went on to show how facts can be presented in persuasive contexts. The presentations were followed by a gallery walk of student Truth Ads.

See all of the pictures here.

Truth or Consequences Explores "Truth" in the Age of Mass Media Fall 2007

Windsor 8 students will investigate the mass media's manipulation of truths, and how propaganda can shape our lives. Students will learn how the Nazi Party used propaganda to instill fear and take the lives of millions of people. Students will read the play version of "The Diary of Ann Frank" to understand and sympathize with one of Hitler's victims. Students will also collaborate with local journalism and advertising experts to analyze the evidence here in our own community.

Windsor 8 Kicks of New Heroes Expedition Spring 2007

Students and teachers of Windsor 8 begin their final expedition at King exploring what it means to be a hero. Students will examine two guiding questions:

  • What is a hero?
  • How do everyday people become heroes?

For the kickoff, students will hear from community members about their personal heroes and work in teams to develop their own criteria for what it takes to be a hero.

Stay in touch with the expedtion at w8heroes.wordpress.com.

Student Views of the Expedition -- Windsor in MotionFall 2007

Windsor 8 Culminates Windsor in Motion with the Young Amercas Cup Regatta in the Cafetorium Fall 2007

On January 17, 2007 all of the students of Windsor 8 gathered together in the cafetorium for our culminating event, the Young Americas Cup Regatta. You can learn all about this event and the whole expedition, including documentary movies letters from students to Al Gore and Tom Allen, in theWindsor in Motion section of our site. More...

Students and Teachers Set Sail to Discover the Nature of Energy Fall 2007

The Windsor 8 house is deep into its expedition: "WINDsor In Motion." This expedition investigates energy and motion. In science, students are learning about energy, alternative energy sources (like solar, tidal, and wind power), and motion. In conjunction with their science studies, students are designing and building rockets, kinetic sculptures, and fiberglass sailboats in Technology Education classes. Students will design and analyze the performance of these products using math concepts including rate, ratio, and proportion. Continuing with the themes of motion and energy, students are reading the novel “Whirligig” in English class. They will also be writing persuasive essays where they defend the importance of one type of alternative energy. In social studies, students are examining the Industrial Revolution and the changes that occurred in our country as a result of new technologies.



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Students and Teachers Set Sail to Discover the Nature of Energy

The Windsor 8 house is deep into its expedition: "WINDsor In Motion." This expedition investigates energy and motion. In science, students are learning about energy, alternative energy sources (like solar, tidal, and wind power), and motion. In conjunction with their science studies, students are designing and building rockets, kinetic sculptures, and fiberglass sailboats in Technology Education classes. Students will design and analyze the performance of these products using math concepts including rate, ratio, and proportion. Continuing with the themes of motion and energy, students are reading the novel “Whirligig” in English class. They will also be writing persuasive essays where they defend the importance of one type of alternative energy. In social studies, students are examining the Industrial Revolution and the changes that occurred in our country as a result of new technologies.

The “WINDsor In Motion” expedition has many field components. Incorporating the concepts of motion, energy, and boat building, we kicked off the expedition with a sailing cruise around Casco Bay aboard the schooners Bagheera and Windameen. Students have field tested their rockets and will be filming their trajectories for analysis in science class. In conjunction with the Facilities Department of Portland Schools, students investigated different energy levels throughout the school (heat, sound, light, and room pressure). As our studies of motion progress, we will investigate the speed of falling objects and cars traveling through the school zone. The Expedition will culminate in the early winter with an indoor sailboat regatta. Kinetic sculptures, rockets, persuasive essays and other products will be on display as well. The teachers and students are excited and energized!