Studying the waterfront involves science, but also understanding of how humans affect it, so now students say that their riverfront studies are “SciManities”.
The interdisciplinary approach to learning at River Valley Charter School is incorporating science, art, math, creative writing, history, and literacy all together in studying the Merrimack River.
“We want (our students) to be stewards of the riverfront,” said humanities teacher Colin Gibney. “We want them to be active citizens in their community. So that means getting out in the world and making decision for themselves.”
“SciManities” incorporates science, art, history, and creative writing into an education program based on the Merrimack River and its surrounding areas. It was created by Gibney and RVCS science teacher Rebecca Schwer. Students examine the history of the river from the Ice Age through the present. Now, they are also investigating its future.
Field trips are an important part of the program, and students visit the Newburyport waterfront and surrounding downtown.