A First-Hand Look at Waste Water Treatment

Last week, the Advanced Placement Environmental Science class visited the Saanich Peninsula Waste Water Treatment Plant, to gain first-hand experience of the processes involved in treating waste water.

The students, accompanied by Mr. Mike Jackson, were given a very thorough tour. Students watched how waste water enters the plant and leaves clean and clear. The environmental science class has been discussing the process, but “it was great for them to see it for themselves,” says Mr. Jackson.

The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the understanding of both natural and man-made environmental issues, in order to evaluate and analyze alternate solutions to prevent such problems. Offering field trips give students a hands-on approach to their learning which broadens their perspective for further analysis.

“The fundamentals of the subject had already been covered in class, but the trip was more focused on understanding the applications of theory, rather than the theory itself,” says Charles Leitz, a grade 11 student who attended the trip. “I now I have the benefit of being able to speak from personal experience rather than a textbook.”

AP courses are enriched and challenging and are designed to enhance a student’s academic interest and performance. These classes are rigorous college-level courses with examinations developed by the College Board of Princeton, New Jersey. Both the level of difficulty and course content are directly comparable to first year university courses. The Environmental science course covers variety of topics.

Below are some of the areas of study:

  • Energy conversion
  • Humans alter the natural world
  • Environmental problems have a cultural and social context
  • Human survival depends on developing practices that will achieve sustainable systems.
  • The Earth is one interconnected system


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