Our Wisconsin charter school uses scientific research and project-based learning as the focus of our curriculum. Project learning is based on a constructivist model of learning that engages you in real-world scholarly activity because you get to chose topics that interest you.
Summer Adventures Backpacking Trip
Posted on September 10, 2012 by Nick Wiersgalla
The 9 and 10th grade backpacking trip was an definitely an "adventure". We hiked a total of 14 miles with 50 to 60 pound backpacks filled with tents, food, water bottles, and extra clothes.
Upon arrival at the campsite we had already hiked 7 miles. Despite our exhaustion, we immediately had to go gather firewood and begin cooking our dinners. We went down to the lake to collect water to be purified for drinking water before realizing that we had forgotten the water filters at school. We ended up having to boil the lake water and add iodine tablets to ensure it was safe for drinking. After the water situation had been worked out, we had some nice down time to fish, swim, and relax. When it began to get dark we played games and warmed up by a big fire. The weather was nice and cool which makes for a great night's sleep. I'd say it was one of the best school experiences I have been a part of, and I think everyone had a lot of fun.
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