High School Programs

high school

Wildlife Forensics (Grades 9-12)

Engage in the story of how DNA analysis is helping protect endangered wildlife. In this DNA gel electrophoresis lab experience, learners will develop a greater understanding of the scientific protocols and technical skills necessary to conduct this research. Upon completion of this lab, high school students are eligible for 3 hours of NYS lab time.

Water Quality (Grades 10-12)

Assess the water quality of ESC’s aquatic habitats by using probeware to conduct a variety of tests. Learners will understand how these tests are utilized to monitor NYC’s water sources and how humans impact the overall quality of the health of water.

Hydroponics (Grades 9-12)

ESC offers two different partnership opportunities for high schools in our state-of-the-art Hydroponics Research Laboratory. Hydroponic technology allows plants to grow in a nutrient rich solution without soil. Through our partnership with Cornell University Cooperative Extension, students set up and maintain the NDFT (Nutrient Drip Flow Technique) hydroponic systems. Students will propagate seeds, continually monitor water chemistry, collect data on plant growth, and harvest and enjoy their bounty. Not only will students be fully immersed in the scientific aspect of hydroponics, they will have the opportunity to connect hydroponics to real-world business and marketing.

Option A – Recommended for research classes, AP Environmental Science, AP Biology and Living Environment Regents classes
A semester-long (12-13 meetings) research project focused on hydroponics or aquaponics. Aquaponics integrates hydroponics with aquaculture, to raise tilapia alongside lettuce in a symbiotic environment. Classes will meet for approximately three hours, once a week (Wednesday or Friday) throughout the Fall or Spring semester. The programs will be co-facilitated by Dr. Philson A. Warner, an applied scientist at Cornell University Cooperative Extension, NYC, who is the Founding Director of the CUCE, NYC Hydroponics, Aquaculture, Aquaponics Learning Labs located at Food and Finance High School. Ideal class size is 20, but we will except up to 30 students per session.

Option B – Recommended for highly motivated Living Environment Regents classes
During this program, groups of students will set-up and complete a full growing cycle on the hydroponic units. Classes will meet for two hours a week, for six non-consecutive weeks.  Students will explore the real-world use of hydroponics and its importance in green living.