It’s all in the glass.

At least that’s what Dr. Gallo and the students in the Science Inquiry class think. The second semester Science Inquiry class plans to rejuvenate the old greenhouse that is attached to the biology room.

A greenhouse was included in the designs for the Science Wing back in 2001, but the space has gone mostly unused. Over the years the space has gathered computers, junk, and lots and lots of dust.

The Science Inquiry class is working to clear out the greenhouse and repair the systems inside. Photos courtesy of Ben Petersen and Sam Groskind.

The Science Inquiry class is working to clear out the greenhouse and repair the systems inside. Photos courtesy of Ben Petersen and Sam Groskind.

Dr. Gallo, a new Math teacher here at The Gregory School, stumbled upon this space and was inspired to take action.

“Oh my Gosh. It would’ve been perfect for the Statistics classes to actually be able to conduct experiments and measure stuff,” Gallo said.

Therefore, a brand new class, Science Inquiry, was born. It is a semester long class that will explore systems engineering, life cycle analysis, and allow students to the greenhouse project.

There are three students in the class, and each student is responsible for picking an aspect of interest inside the greenhouse, learning about it, creating protocol for it, running data analyses on its function, and ultimately fixing it.

Examples include broken exhaust fans, and temperature distribution. Dr. Gallo explained, “Once they are done with that little project they pick another project. The idea is that by the end of the semester this room will be ready to have plants and irrigation. It’s pretty piecemeal, but nonetheless the students have to work together, and learn along the way.”

By the end of the semester the class plans on having a fully-functioning greenhouse.