The composting extracurricular activity aims to expose students to the scientific principles underlying the composting process through the perspective of biogeochemical cycles and – more broadly – to notions of eco-citizenship and sustainable development.
Food compost made from fruit and vegetable waste and coffee grounds is collected from containers placed in locations around the school and added to our vermicompost bins. These bins contain worms that specialize in composting food. In order to collect the worm castings, students empty the contents of the vermicompost bins and separate the worms from the soil. The worms are then returned to their bins to continue composting, and the soil is eventually used in the school’s garden and for growing seedlings.
Students design, build and test different composting systems.
Students participate in a composting workshop given by Compost Montréal.
Supplement the science and technology curriculum
Offer experiential learning opportunities
Reach more students with an expanded activity offering
Present the concepts of eco-citizenship and sustainable development
Expose our students and those from other schools in the community to the use of small-scale farming technology
Raise awareness of the scientific principles underlying agriculture and composting