Systems 2.0

Big Idea

The Systems 2.0 capstone project will explore the impact of changing variables in a system. Students will partially accomplish this by building and analyzing a living green wall. Each of the four senior classes (with the same groupings as last quarter) will design and create their own 3’ by 7’ living wall panel. These four living walls will each have a different variable modified or added in the growing process. This project will be assessed and relate to each subject in several ways. In Engineering, the physical build will be assessed along with the analyzation of how the green wall systems relate to human body systems. An example of this would be examining how the PVC piping system in the living wall is similar or dissimilar to the human circulatory system. In Environmental Science students will be examining how humans can impact a system.  For instance, students will examine how adding a living wall to the school will change the  school environment, examining the flow of carbon, nitrogen, and change to air quality. In mathematics, students will use technology to model systems with six functions.  They will use real-world data, some of which will reflect the content in engineering and science. Students have been assigned to a function group and will become the experts, presenting content as part of the class lesson. Students will be assessed on their work with the six functions, on the interpretation of their real-world data, and on their presentations. In English, students will be presenting their green wall along with a poster documenting their group process and data.  MC 2 STEM and CSU staff members will tour the green walls and data findings in a gallery style presentation.  Instruction in ELA will provide presentation strategies so that students can be  assessed on these impromptu and informal presentations using a presentation rubric that addresses the project’s content and a variety of presentation strategies used


Essential Questions

How does changing an aspect of a system impact the efficiency or result of that system?

Can a system be improved without destroying its integrity?


Transdisciplinary Connections


-Circulatory System - how a liquid flows efficiently through a system

-Respiratory System - the impact that CO2 and CO has on the human body

-Respiratory System - the impact that Oxygen has on the human body

-Digestive System - the type of nutrients certain plants have and the location where they are absorbed in the body

-The Build - engineering skills involved in the wall build


Environmental Science:

-Data collection, and analysis

-Designing, building and analyzing the impact of a  sustainable green structure

- Examining and experiencing human influence on the sorrounding environment



Students will build parent functions and their transformations

Students will interpret functions that arise in applications in terms of the context

Students will research and present a math content topic to the class



-speaking/ presenting

-Middle Ages and Renaissance as systems and the inequities of the MA that contributed to the Renaissance.


End Products

-Growing from seed (for some of the plants)

-Wall design

-Wall construction

-Planting the wall

-Presenting the wall