Berkshire School News
October 6, 2022 by Staff Report

Berkshire students who are part of the Badger Lab program were recently on the move once again as they, along with advisor Ashley Brzozowski, visited renowned bonsai expert Frank Mihalic to learn about nurturing and growing the exclusive cultivars of miniature trees...

Berkshire Badger Lab

Berkshire students who are part of the Badger Lab program were recently on the move once again as they, along with advisor Ashley Brzozowski, visited renowned bonsai expert Frank Mihalic to learn about nurturing and growing the exclusive cultivars of miniature trees. Students gathered around Mr. Mihalic who demonstrated the required skills and care necessary to fully develop the trees into specimen potential.

As a business owner, Mihalic also informed Badger Lab students of the various operational aspects and science of becoming a tree grower. Hands on life skills, critical thinking and S.T.E.M. learning were all underway with the practical visit by the students to a local bonsai garden to learn from a real-life expert.

Chemistry PBL Experiment

Chemistry students at Berkshire High School explored the scientific process by designing an experiment to answer the question, “What color of food coloring requires the most bleach to remove?” Students were given the role of a product design engineer of a manufacturing company to create labels that indicate how much bleach should be used when washing clothes.

As part of the project, students had to write a testable hypothesis and design a basic experiment using proper lab equipment and techniques while using the least resources, thus saving the company money. In addition, students had to construct proper data tables and graphs to evaluate evidence from the experiment to make a claim. They then presented their experiment in both a written report and oral presentation.