• Lincoln Heights Environmental Connections Magnet Program

    In the words of Albert Einstein, “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”

    Lincoln Heights Environmental Connections Magnet Elementary (LHECME) offers students a rigorous academic experience. Students are engaged in daily instruction across all content areas delivered through the lens of environmental and life sciences. Our students have access to daily, authentic, hands-on opportunities to investigate and connect with life outside the school walls.

    In Richard Louv’s Last Child in the Woods, he coined the term “nature-deficit disorder” to describe the growing gap between human beings and the natural world. Children’s experiences outdoors leads to improvements with intellectual, emotional, social and physical health. For example, new studies suggest that exposure to nature may reduce the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and that it can improve all children’s cognitive abilities and resistance to negative stresses and depression (Louv, 2008). The natural world is an open-ended laboratory where students can collaborate, communicate, create and critically think to make hypotheses and problem solve.

    Students at each grade level will have the opportunity to engage in multidisciplinary, project-based learning through completion of Environmental Challenge Inquiry Units taught by Environmental Inquiry (E-Inquiry) teachers. The Environmental Challenge Inquiry Units will focus on four broad themes: 1) living things, 2) earth science/solar system, 3) environmental/community connections, and 4) weather and climate.

    Students will have access to a host of equipment and technology (iPads, laptops, computer-enabled microscopes, interactive technology, sensors for air temperature and pressure, butterfly nets, binoculars) as well as outdoor learning labs (pollinator garden, food garden, wetlands).

    Our Environmental Connections Magnet Program is enhanced by ongoing partnerships with:

    · NCSU Colleges of Education, Natural Resources, and Agriculture & Life Sciences

    · NC Museum of Natural Sciences

    · NC Department of Environmental Quality/Environmental Education

    · NC Project Learning Tree