Louisville middle school students recently enjoyed a day of science. But instead of sitting in a typical classroom, they spent the day on UofL’s campus.
Seventy students from Marion C. Moore Middle School learned about nature from UofL professors. Their first stop was UofL’s Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium to watch, “Dynamic Earth.” Then, they completed various hands-on activities focusing on the environment and climate change. The middle schoolers produced plans to grow food in an urban area, discovered how insects adapt to the environment and built simulated seedlings to see how they migrate.
The visit to UofL’s campus is the first stage of a 5-year international research and educational project. The project’s goal is to focus on students’ knowledge and attitudes toward the environment and climate change. Louisville students will then take what they learn and share it with other middle schoolers across the globe.
Ben Kolb, Moore science teacher, hopes his students use “what they’re learning in the classroom, connecting it here (at UofL) and then even connecting it to the real world.”
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