What’s this quarter’s CAP class been up to? let’s take a peek!
Students are way stoked about their action project, which will address Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs. More information on that soon — stay tuned! They’re also going on a backpacking trip this weekend. Good luck, and have fun!
PS1 students took a day trip up to Three Sister’s Park outside of Evergreen, CO. We hiked, practiced shelter building, and had an all around great time! In the afternoon, we ventured over to Thrillseekers, an indoor rock climbing gym. For many of us, this was our first attempt on a rock wall. It’s a lot more difficult than it looks! After learning about the equipment, safety issues, and a few techniques, we were ready to go– Climb on!
Our second trip to Calwood was a great success. We arrived to BEAUTIFUL weather, hiked to our base camp, made natural shelters, partook in a cooking competition, practiced our fire skills, and then played stalking/night games till we couldn’t keep our eyes open any longer! On day two we learned about fire mitigation and helped Calwood out by cutting down trees. Our group cut so fast we were able to end the service project early, play a few more games, and get a little bowdrill practice in! We had a great time!
Sam builds his natural shelter
Dionte tries his out!
Matthew practices one-match fires
Want to see pictures from the second overnight? The Action Project? Otherwise… this is the place!
This past week, Denver hosted the DNC, and with it, came several “green” events and exhibits. We at PS1 took advantage of these activities and learned a lot about what’s new in environmental sustainability. First, we attended “Partly Sunny: Designs to Change the Forecast,” an exhibit highlighting over three dozen innovative projects from around the globe that address climate change.
We learned about bike sharing programs, local farm initiatives, and even a dance club that generates electricity from its dancing patrons!
At the end of our tour, PS1 students all made a pledge to do something to reduce their environmental footprint.
Next, we toured the Xcel Energy Solar Decathlon House designed and built by CU engineering students. The house is completely powered by solar energy as well as uses many technologies that the average home owner could incorporate in their own home. Students asked lots of good questions such as, “What happens when there is no sun?, and How is the house heated and cooled down?” We even got to climb up in to the lofted sleeping area!
Sami serves up some flaming marshmallow.
Survival scenario: Alexi digs, Josh goes hypothermic and Tristan
looks for help…
Ford explains the petroleum cotton-ball fire.
The road home…
The sweetness of success.
Jacob tries out the pine-needle bed!
An admirable debris shelter.
Before and after our fire mitigation project…A healthy forest!
The fellas working hard on their snow trench and the ladies building a shelter that kept them warm in -9 degree weather; It’s just another beautiful day in the mountains.
Zen and the art of the one-match fire. Did anyone see an angel?