Each group has a different take on how to make it work. One team uses pantyhose and funnels. Some use long plastic tubes. Students are graded on participation, the consistency of the waste product their experiment spits out and their written proposals.
“My overall participation has been very high,” Shriver said. “They've been looking forward to it. We talked about it at the beginning of the year back in August, and every week since then someone has asked when we get to make poop.”
Senior Kaitlyn Endicott said projects like Junkyard Digestion allow room for students to be imaginative while staying within the parameters of what they’re supposed to be learning.
“I learn better with hands-on experience,” she said. “It’s easier for me to understand the project, because reading a book just doesn’t stick in my brain as well as when we’re actually learning something by doing it.”