Senior Alex Zorniger breaks ground today on the Zorniger Environmental Laboratory at The Miami Valley School - the region’s first laboratory for studying the environment using the environment. The classroom will have no textbooks, but rather seed, dirt, rainwater, and the sun as its tools. This “edible classroom” will provide seed-to-table, hands-on experiential leaning opportunities for the students – growing food for use in the school cafeteria and offerings to the community. Science experiments will expand the study opportunities looking into nutrition, biology, organics, and photosynthesis. The building will be lowered into the ground to take advantage of natural geothermal heating and cooling, and will have motorized shades and window controls to manage heat gain and loss. Project slated to be complete by fall of 2011.