Electives and Special programs at Alternative Youth Activities, Inc.
The Mushroom Program: Offers students an opportunity to earn a 3rd year science credit. Lab experiences include pouring agar, cloning mycelial tissue to petri dishes, creating spawn, and preserving valuable mushroom strains. The Mushroom Project is beginning its 5th year. We have grown several species of Oyster, Shiitake, Reishi, Maitake, and Pioppino. Coos Head Food Store has been a valued participant by purchasing our products.
Aquaponics, the passion of our Executive Director, which is project based learning, refers to any system that combines conventional aquaculture (raising aquatic animals such as snails, fish, crayfish or prawns in tanks) with hydroponics (cultivating plants in water) in a symbiotic environment. The program is under development and should be off the ground running this school year.
This last summer we began a project at the Coos Bay Boat Building Center. Located only a few blocks to the west, students began to build a skiff. They were also instructed in how to make dove-tail joints by making boxes.
With small grants, we are able to take our students on local trips.
Virtual Worlds are a safe enviroment to show students the inside of a nuclear plant. From the interior of an atom to the grandeur of the solar system, this mode of travel is kind to fossil fuels. Teacher, Scott Cooper, masterminds this offering from the Yoncalla site. Teaching on-line requires specific skill sets so--kudos to the beloved Mr. Cooper.