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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.

Spring 2011 - 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 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.

Fall 2010 -WINDSor in Motion

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 industry representatives.

Spring 2010 - Creating Currents 

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.

Fall 2009 - Truth or Consequences

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 ads in order to reach and impact a wide audience.

Fall 2008 - WINDSor in Motion

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 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.

 

 

Fall 2007 - Truth or Consequences 

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.

Spring 2007 - Heroes 

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.