Student Solutions


STUDENTS: Module 3: Topics and Issues in Environmental Science

Non-Native icon. Student Solutions Profiles several significant student-driven EE projects which have impacted their communities.

Image: Sign post of environmental problems.
One of the most effective methods of encouraging student interest Photo: Middle school student studies the traffic patterns of her community.in environmental issues is through participation in student projects that focus on their immediate surroundings. Involving middle school students in environmental efforts that directly impact their school or community is empowering, especially if they have had input into selecting and developing the project. Students not only become part of the solution to an environmental problem; they develop problem-solving skills in a variety of arenas. Throughout the process, students gain confidence and recognize that their ideas and actions are important and make a difference in improving the quality of life.


There are many examples of youthPhoto: Greg & the Enviro-Tacklebox ™ Kids activism in environmental education involving issues focusing on the use of water and water quality, pesticide and chemical use at home and in the surrounding community, energy conservation, biodiversity and the effects of non-native plants and animals, habitat loss, waste reduction, etc.. Requesting information and assistance from local volunteer associations, governmental agencies, the Nature Conservancy and other environmental and service organizations will provide many project selections from which students can choose to become actively involved.

 

Photo: 3 students working together.

 

 

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Photo: Students preparing Christmas trees for other uses.

 

 

Encouraging youth to become active participants in environmental action is self-affirming and can result in benefits that are far-reaching and exert a positive influence on the environment.

 

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Photo:  S.A.V.E. house project.

 

beautification
citizen
community
conservation
engaged
leadership
legislation
native species
participation
planting
proactive
problem
recycling
responsibility
restoration
school
solving
stewardship
surroundings


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Student Projects:

San Elizario, TX, Native Wildlife Habitat
San Elizario High School students are working with local agencies to turn a drainage retention pond into a wildlife refuge and learning center. Students have researched alternative management plans and are tackling the removal of the non-native salt cedar tree in their efforts to plant native species of trees and bushes. The pond has already seen the return of wildlife and migratory birds. This is another Project del Rio effort.
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The pond. Taking water samples. Inputting data. Reviewing results.
Souderton, PA, Recycling & Conservation
Souderton High School students received First Place in the Seaworld Environmental Excellence Awards Contest for building an energy efficient, conservation-wise home. Kent Hamilton, teacher and advisor, has watched students add to the efforts of the first student group as the home was designed, necessary funds raised and then the actual completion of the structure and incorporation of energy saving innovations added to the interior. Students use the house to provide community instruction and educational tours.
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Project EFFECT sign in front of house. Exterior view. Sloping earth provides passive solar energy savings. Peer-Teaching. List of donors on the wall graphic.
Juarez, MX, Litter and Health
One of several Project del Rio efforts in Mexico and the United States the students at Conalep are involved in the study of real world environmental problems through the collection and analysis of Rio Grande water quality data. Students encountered a tremendous number of discarded tires, which provide a breeding area for disease carrying mosquitoes. Their long-term goal is to see the removal of the tires from the waterway and hopefully the construction of a local facility to handle the discarded tires.
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Reviewing results. Water testing.
Huntingdon, PA, Improving Water Quality
Students from the Huntingdon Area Middle School Environmental Club have taken on a number of local studies to understand their watershed and promote water conservation. Most recently students in Fred Wilson's classes have teamed up with Juniata College's Environmental Science and Studies Department to assess and protect the area's drinking water. The students analyze the chemical factors and the biological organisms in the stream and the surrounding habitat.
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Gathering samples. Samples. Studying the sample. Student workers.
Covington, LA, Stream Restoration
Covington High School students have a long tradition of award winning community service projects that are centered on improving the local environment. Students in David Billesbach's class and environmental science club worked with local foundations and city agencies as they completed a recent bioengineering project to restore the banks of a community stream enhancing the waterways flow pattern and improving the water quality. Currently, the students are working on a memory walk in the area of one of the elementary schools with which they partner.
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Cleaning up the stream bank. Stabilizing the stream bank. Studying the stream. Student leader.
Hampden, MA, Beautification
The restoration of a local millpond was a work project by an energetic group of Girl Scouts. The scouts researched the native plants and animals and with community help from elected officials and local businesses a new resource for the scouts and families in their region has been developed. Once an eye sore, people now come to fish, bird watch and recreate. Continuing the tradition established by the first scout troop a second community work project now underway creating nature trails for use by the local middle school and senior citizen center.
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Planning the site. Planting native plants around the pond. Discussing nature trails.
Jefferson, LA, Coastal Restoration
The holiday Christmas Tree project annually brings hundreds of students together for a popular work project. Communities in southeastern Louisiana collect tens of thousands of Christmas Trees in the weeks following New Year's Day. These trees are bundled on a series of Saturdays by high school students dressed in long sleeve shirts, full length pants, wearing gloves and protective goggles. The bundled trees are later moved by boat and helicopter to coastal areas where they will be strategically placed to all the tree bundles to slow moving water, capture the sediment, and hopefully build land.
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Bundling trees. Moving trees. Bundling trees.
Baton Rouge, LA
Linda Gauthier's class at St. Louis King of France Middle School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, sponsors environmental "fairs" for younger students. They write grants to provide funds for activities at school, in the community and at a local hands-on science museum. Their participation in annual Earth Day festivities has garnered them special recognition from the mayor!
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