Gallery — SEMIS Virtual Community Forum 2021

It is with great excitement that we welcome you to the SEMIS Coalition’s first Gallery Exploration! Here you will find student stories, examples, projects and more from SEMIS Coalition member schools, teachers, and community partners across southeast Michigan. Over time we hope that the Gallery can become a public space where children and young people develop their voices as community leaders and where you can come to get a glimpse of Place-Based Learning that is happening across our region. 

We are proud of everything that students and their adult learning guides have posted during this very challenging year and hope that you take the time to visit each exhibition. The youth who have submitted projects have a lot to teach! We thank them and their teachers for helping us to launch the SEMIS Gallery and for their willingness and courage to share their insights. 

The gallery is a grid of small previews—click on any of them to travel to the page where the individual submission lives.

You can comment on any submission, but will need to enter an email. This email will not show in your comment. All comments will be ‘waiting for approval’ and then once approved, will post. Refresh your page to see your comment. 

If you have any questions about this space, please contact us at semis_coalition@emich.edu.

A huge thank you to Nick and Amy at ClairvoyAgency for the design of this gallery! You can learn more about their digital media agency here: clairvoyagency.com

Climate Change in Southwest Detroit — Stefany’s Entry

Students in Mr. Duffy's class created pieces of visual art or creative writing about issues of climate change in Southwest Detroit. By: Stefany Rios, 10th Grade Teacher: Mark Duffy, Academy of the Americas High School, Detroit Subject: Biology Theme: Climate Change...

The Power of Youth: Appreciation of Essential Workers

The Power of Youth: Appreciation of Essential Workers

At the beginning of the pandemic a small group of Ypsilanti High School students and teachers came together through the arts and a discussion about youth voice, what it means, and how the voices of young people can have influence in their community. We planned through April and May of 2020 and then the students created this video and invited the community to submit artwork to say thank you to the essential workers in the community. We received over 50 submissions! Mrs. Sizemore worked with a few local Kroger grocery stores who accepted these banners of gratitude for employees. Mrs. Fisk helped coordinate with a printing company to design and produce the banners.

Making Impermeable Pervious

Making Impermeable Pervious

Soley shares how her personal experience in concrete work helped her understand how green technology can solve environmental problems caused by humans.

Be the Change and Solar Solutions

Be the Change and Solar Solutions

My Challenge: Create a solution to a local environmental problem. Student Response: “Solar Solutions,” cellphone chargers for students to borrow at school. Let’s start the switch to renewables!

Detroit Endangered Project

Detroit Endangered Project

The Detroit Endangered Project engages students in learning Biology concepts, through an endangered/threatened species in our area. Projects culminate with action projects to help their populations rebound.

Cost of Entertainment, Self-care, Wants; Cost of Travel

Cost of Entertainment, Self-care, Wants; Cost of Travel

Student discusses with peer the cost of entertainment, self-care, wants, and travel per month and then annually. By: Spencer Lusa, 6th Grade Teacher: Charlene Jones, The James and Grace Lee Boggs School, Detroit Subject: Math Theme: General Place-based Education Type:...

Rahma’s Eco-Project

Rahma’s Eco-Project

Hello! My name is Rahma, and I am a ninth grade science student. I created this site to organize the documentation of my field site (the backyard tree ecosystem) throughout the seasons, and to show how certain cycles within the ecosystem of my field site work.

Sandra’s Eco-Project

Sandra’s Eco-Project

Hello Everyone! My name is Sandra Medrano, welcome to my Eco-Project! Here on this wondrous site, you will find in detailed description of the environment in nature that I observed for the duration of a couple months. You will see the area’s evolution as seasons change.

Sangheethaa’s Eco-Project

Sangheethaa’s Eco-Project

Throughout the whole year, we made observations of our field site and how it changed as the year went on. We also learned a lot of concepts relating to what might have caused these changes. This site helps to sum up all of our knowledge on this topic.

Marcus’s Eco-Project

Marcus’s Eco-Project

Hi, I’m Marcus Gharbieh. This project is about the time I spent with my field site. I’m going to go over what I learned, show some pictures, create models, explain how my site can relate to climate change, and at the end a big reflection.

Tasmiea’s Eco-Project

Tasmiea’s Eco-Project

https://flipgrid.com/s/9oUoc2sSaW33 By: Tasmiea Chowdhury, 9th Grade Teacher: Katie Torkelson-Regan, Washtenaw Technical Middle College, Ann Arbor Subject: Environmental Science Theme: General Place-based Education Type: Video Click on the links above to see other...

Liviana’s Eco-Project

Liviana’s Eco-Project

Liviana Capatina is a 9th grader at WTMC, she’s currently taking Ms. TR’s 9th-grade science class, and loving it! This year in science class Liviana has been doing field note observations in her garden. She has made this website to share everything she has learned with you. She hopes you enjoy reading her website and maybe even learn something.

Kasydy’s Eco-Project

Kasydy’s Eco-Project

My name is Kasydy and I’m a 9th grade science student. Throughout both the fall and winter semester, I have spent time learning about and observing an eco-site of my choice nearly every week. I chose the beginning of the walking trail behind my house, and have been able to make close observations and learn about patterns and things I never noticed about the nature that’s been there my whole life. I’m using this platform to not only share my observations and connections I’ve made between my eco-site and the science material, but also to share how this experienced has affected me as an individual and broadened my perspective.

The Eco-Project: A Yearlong Study of a Field Site

The Eco-Project: A Yearlong Study of a Field Site

Students completed the “Eco-Project” at a field site near their home; there, they made observations, journal entries, sketches, and reflections. These are their final websites summarizing the experience.

How To Do An Energy Audit

How To Do An Energy Audit

During our recent energy project our classes were asked to complete the ECOWORKS Healthy Home Audit and to write a persuasive essay demanding that our school admin give (our classes) permission to install a solar array. This is a how-to showing how to complete the audit and a sample of our persuasive essays.

YCS Public Education Banner Project

YCS Public Education Banner Project

The YCS Public Education Banner Project features artwork originally made to display in the U.S. Department of Education in Washington D.C. The exhibit was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Learning From and Preserving Community Stories

Learning From and Preserving Community Stories

The Gray Wolves learned the importance of stories and methods by which to keep these stories alive for future generations. We invited community members with personal connections to Grace Lee Boggs to share stories with us so that we could learn more about the people for which our school was named and begin to better understand our place within the school.

Boggs School Pioneer Oral Histories

Boggs School Pioneer Oral Histories

A sample of oral histories of families and staff that were the first to take a chance on a new school with a unique mission eight years ago.

Watershed Stewardship: Stormwater Drain Stenciling

Watershed Stewardship: Stormwater Drain Stenciling

We are in the process of locating the stormwater drains near their homes around the school, mapping the locations on MyMaps, and stenciling them to remind people only water should go down the drain.

Mill Creek Watershed Project Song with Joe Reilly

Mill Creek Watershed Project Song with Joe Reilly

This was one of the many community activism choices the students developed as part of our work on Mill Creek. This group of students worked with Singer-Songwriter Joe Reilly to write, compose and record about Mill Creek. One of the students decided we needed a video to go along with our song and created this.

Mill Creek Watershed Project

Mill Creek Watershed Project

This is a culmination of our Place-Based work around Mill Creek, including, song writing, our collaboration with the HRWC, fly tying, raising brown trout to release into the Mill Creek in collaboration with Trout Unlimited and our interactive story map work with Ducks Unlimited.

Solar Panel Persuasive Letters

Solar Panel Persuasive Letters

During our recent energy project our classes were asked to complete the ECOWORKS Healthy Home Audit and to write a persuasive essay demanding that our school admin give (our classes) permission to install a solar array. This is a how-to showing how to complete the audit and a sample of our persuasive essays.

The Chip Bag Project

The Chip Bag Project

We ironed together chip bags to make sleeping bags for Detroit’s homeless population.

Living On Our Own

Living On Our Own

This story shows how a project helps me understand my experiences and my interests.

Why Learn Mathematics?

Why Learn Mathematics?

Students weigh in on a PBE activity in this video. student responses to help answer the question “Why am I learning math?” Your presentation will be helpful for educators, parents, and students.

Paycheck Stub

Paycheck Stub

Student discusses with peer the paycheck stub assignment. In this assignment, the student estimated amount of pay needed to pay bills.

Photos of Place

Photos of Place

These drawings depict beauty and nature’s resistance that were seen on a walk in a student’s neighborhood.

Photos of Place

Photos of Place

These drawings depict beauty and nature’s resistance that were seen on a walk in a student’s neighborhood.