Junior High Science
Vancouver’s physical surroundings are extraordinary: the wonders of the forest, the mystery of the ocean, the power of the mountains – and the possibility it affords anyone to connect with these places. Join Blair in an exploration of the natural world around you. In this course, students will learn about what makes B.C.’s nature so important, how the society here relies on the various ecosystems, and how people can live their lives in harmony with nature. This course will explore such questions as: What are the different plants, animals, and other beings in local ecosystems and how are they connected? In what ways have the people living on these lands in the past used nature to meet their needs? What are the problems that society faces in meeting its needs today? How can problems that have arisen be resolved? And lastly, what are each person’s personal needs and how can one live a life of health and happiness? Blair and the students will head into nature to learn what it means to build a relationship with the Earth using the tools of science and informed by the ancient knowledge of Indigenous Peoples.
Your Educator – Blair Mclleland
Blair was born in Florida before moving to Edinburgh, Scotland as a teenager to finish high school. Throughout his schooling he showed a passion for science and mathematics and chose to pursue a degree in Architectural Engineering. Once finished Blair chose to take 2 years to travel Asia, South America and Europe before returning to Edinburgh to complete his Masters in Renewable Energy. He has a keen interest in the environment and has studied additional related materials including the UN course on Climate Change. He moved to Vancouver almost 2 years ago to begin a new adventure and after volunteering at a local tutoring charity last year is now working with BrainBoost. In his spare time, he loves playing all sports, cooking, reading the paper and doing anything on the water.
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