Faculty Advisor

Hersh, Robert

Faculty Advisor

Rosbach, Derren

Faculty Advisor

Stoddard, Elisabeth Anne


Active learning can be a powerful tool for teaching all subjects. However, some elementary schools in the Worcester school district lack the resources for active learning in science. In this project we evaluate the potential use of a bioshelter (a type of greenhouse) to be used as an active learning site for two Worcester schools: Chandler Elementary Community School and Jacob Hiatt Magnet School. In order to make the bioshelter functional, we evaluate the climate and heating systems necessary to maintain a temperate interior space. Drawing on a variety of secondary sources, focus groups with educators, and interviews with owners and designers of bioshelters, we assess climate and heating systems for the bioshelter, as well as its usability as an educational resource.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2016

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs

Advisor Department

Undergraduate Studies