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Laurel Tree Charter School

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Background and Mission

Laurel Tree Charter School is a Kindergarten through 12th grade school focused on "creating the education we want for our children." The Laurel Tree Learning Center is located 4555 Valley West Blvd in Arcata, CA.

Mission: Laurel Tree's Mission is to "create a sustainable model of education which provides all students with accessible curriculum, based on college preparatory standards, while developing life and social skills in a mixed age setting."

Projects

The Fall 2012 semester of ENGR215 Introduction to Design is working with Laurel Tree Charter School to design and build green educational infrastructure and apparatuses that supports K-12 education at their Arcata, CA location.

Potential projects:

  • Low embedded energy, natural, beautiful way to cook pizza, e.g., cobb oven
  • Apparatus that uses surprise to teach Newton’s laws for high school
  • Low embedded energy, natural, beautiful bench for primary students
  • Apparatus that uses surprise to teach series versus parallel wiring for 7th-8th
  • Apparatus that teaches work and machines for 7th-8th
  • Apparatus that teaches states of materials for 7th-8th
  • Visually monitoring the electrical energy use at the school
  • Human powered blender for K-12
  • Primary school garden to kitchen infrastructure