• "The G.R.A.P.E." (The Grape Rescue Advocate Project Experts)

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    The 21st CCLC After School S.T.E.A.M. Club, under the leadership of Ashley DeJohn, has just completed their informational trailers showcasing the impact climatic change has had on the Lake Erie Concord Grape Belt. As part of the 2018 Lexus Eco Challenge, students are required to select an environmental issue that has the potential to affect their community at large. 

    After visiting the Grape Discovery Center in Westfield, being a part of a data analysis presentation with Dr. Jabot of Fredonia State, compiling data from 10 surveys students created and sent out to local vineyards, and comparing these results to the data of our NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) correspondent, Dave McCormick, the DMS S.T.E.A.M. Club has decided to recommend an alternative grape variety to the Concord that is more resilient to our changing climate, increasing insect infestation, and disease. 

    S.T.E.A.M. club members have implemented their knowledge obtainment of the green screen application and the iMovie Program to market this new grape variety, the Istasca, to the 840 farmers in our region in order to help save the 175,000 ton annual harvest that keeps our vineyards known as the oldest and largest in the world!  

    S.T.E.A.M. Club members have worked together to produce an iMovie trailer in Spanish to ensure that our research and findings can be shared with our community at large.  

    Students are enjoying the project and the learning from this inquiry - based club: 

    "Green screen can take you anywhere! It's an escape from reality that can encourage change." - Tamia (Grade 8) 

    "I never thought I would be able to make a movie and now I can green screen myself in any vineyard anywhere in the world." - Bella (Grade 6) 

    "I wanted to save the grapes because my daddy works with them!" Carlos (Grade 6)  

    The students look forward to sharing their findings at an annual Grape Extension Conference this February where they will have the opportunity to communicate their findings directly to local farmers and obtain feedback on their proposed alternative grape variety, the Itasca, which has shown great growth and development data in like - latitude and climate regions as Chautauqua County.  

     

    MARKETING TRAILER (DOCUMENTING OUR FINDINGS AND PROPOSAL OF AN ALTERNATIVE GRAPE VARIETY IN THE REGION)

    INFORMATIONAL TRAILERS (DOCUMENTING THE THREAT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON THE LAKE ERIE CONCORD GRAPE BELT)

    ESPANOL PELICULA (Película informativa que documenta la amenaza del cambio climático de las viñas a lo largo del lago Erie)

     
    The DMS S.T.E.A.M. Club would like to thank Andrew Dufresne, retired Agriculture Extension Educator, for his time and assistance throughout the duration of the 2018 Lexus Eco Challenge. Without his knowledge, expertise, and guidance we would not have been able to thoroughly understand the effects climate change has had on the oldest and largest Concord Grape growing region in the world. We are so appreciative of his willingness to visit our school on multiple occasions to answer our questions, evaluate the potential success of our project proposals, and to edit the accuracy of our iMovie public service announcements. We are so grateful for your collaboration and look forward to working with you in the future to implement a new grape variety!