Culminating their four years in the magnet, seniors complete a project that encompasses their time studying the Everglades and all areas of environmental science.
Because the main theme of the program is stewardship - sharing the message to protect the natural resources of "our" earth, all students completed their projects in the Research 4 class. Teacher Dr. Jody Berman invited judges from Broward County who focused on science and the environment to evaluate the projects.
Graduation from the magnet program requires all students to complete a final project that reflects what they have learned over the past four years.
To facilitate the completion of students' project, all seniors are required to be enrolled in Honors Experimental Science 4. The textbook for the course is the STEM Research Handbook (ISBN 1-936137-24-4) author Darci J. Harland.
The work they've completed for their project will culminate at the Senior Symposium, a juried exhibition that will have three distinct components: a project with a portfolio, an oral presentation and a demonstration along with an exhibit for the judges to evaluate
Grades for Experimental Science 4 are determined in this manner:
25 percent Research Curriculum
50 percent Project
25 percent Service Learning
In the past, senior field trips have included visits to Fairchild Tropical Gardens, Riverwoods, Key West, the Main Entrance to Everglades National Park, the National Solar Car Challenge, Flagler Museum, the Museum of Discovery and Science and the Historical Museum of South Florida.
In order to earn a green cord to wear at graduation, in addition to completing the project and presenting it at the symposium, seniors must earn four science credits while at South Plantation High School.