Students in Accelerated Physics "Map" a Sustainable Future

Students in Accelerated Physics "Map" a Sustainable Future

Mr. Seller's Upper School Accelerated Physics course recently completed a project entitled "Mapping a Sustainable Future". The project was centered around the question, "How can Geographic Information Systems (GIS) be innovatively utilized to address and transform our approach to global environmental sustainability and/or conservation challenges?"

Please enjoy three examples of student work below.

Exhibit One
"To Save or Not to Save, That is the Question." by Grace Cooperstein

Abstract: Grace Cooperstein's project, "To Save or Not to Save," delves into the critical issue of waste management in the theater industry, employing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a tool for environmental sustainability. This study maps the life cycle of theater props, sets, and costumes, demonstrating a sustainable approach to reusing and recycling in stagecraft. By highlighting the significant waste produced by theatrical productions, Cooperstein's work underscores the potential of GIS in tracking and reducing environmental impact within the arts. This project not only reveals the capacity for substantial waste reduction in theater but also illustrates the versatile application of GIS technology in non-traditional fields. Cooperstein's research contributes to the global conversation on sustainability, proving that the creative sector, particularly theater, can significantly influence eco-friendly practices. "To Save or Not to Save" is a compelling showcase of how interdisciplinary methods can effectively address pressing environmental concerns in contemporary society.

Exhibit Two

"Formula One St. Louis Track Proposal" by Chandler Grimm

Abstract: Chandler Grimm's project, "Sustainable Racing: The St. Louis Formula One Track Proposal," presents a visionary plan for bringing Formula One (F1) racing to St. Louis, Missouri, while setting a new standard for environmental sustainability in motorsports. This comprehensive proposal examines the significant carbon emissions associated with Formula One events and explores innovative solutions to drastically reduce these emissions. By incorporating bidirectional energy through smart grids and renewable energy sources, the project aims to reduce carbon emissions from Formula One's facilities and factories by up to 94%. Utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Grimm meticulously maps out a proposed F1 track in the heart of downtown St. Louis, considering the impact on the city's landscape and the benefits to the local community. The project not only advocates for St. Louis as an ideal location for a new Formula One track but also emphasizes the city's potential to pioneer sustainable practices in global racing events. Chandler's work stands at the intersection of sports, urban planning, and environmental stewardship, offering a model for how major sporting events can contribute positively to urban development and environmental conservation.

Exhibit Three 

"Radiation in Missouri" by Sophie Wilson

Abstract: Sophie Wilson's "Radiation in Missouri" project is a compelling response to our project's central theme, "Mapping a Sustainable Future." In an era where environmental sustainability and conservation are increasingly vital, this research utilizes Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to explore and address the pressing environmental challenge of radioactive contamination in Missouri. The project maps historical and current radioactive sites, including Weldon Spring, West Lake Landfill, and the St. Louis Downtown Site, highlighting their impact on local communities. Wilson's work not only provides a detailed analysis of these contaminated areas but also demonstrates how GIS can be a transformative tool in environmental research and policy making. By integrating GIS technology, the project emphasizes the need for public awareness, community engagement, and technological solutions in managing the legacy of nuclear waste. This research aligns seamlessly with our driving question of innovatively utilizing GIS for global environmental sustainability and conservation, offering a model for how technology can aid in understanding and solving complex environmental issues.