High school teachers go back to class in environmental health sciences
2014 Environmental Health Sciences
Teachers Workshop participants with
program manager Lynnette Perrault in the
(Photo by Lynette Perrault)
The second annual Tulane University Environmental Health Sciences Teacher Workshop wrapped up recently after hosting 10 public, charter, and magnet high school science teachers from Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and Jefferson Parishes. The teachers participated in a variety of environmental science activities over two consecutive Saturdays.
During the first Saturday workshop, the teachers engaged in lesson demonstrations and hands-on activities addressing water, soil, food, and air quality. Mercury in fish was also covered in these technology-based lesson modules aligned with state grade level expectations, Common Core, and Next Generation Science Standards.
For the second workshop, teachers planted over 100 cypress trees at the Hammond Assimilation Wetlands site and visited the Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station on Manchac Pass.
The goal of the Environmental Health Sciences Teacher Workshop is to facilitate professional literacy in environmental health sciences, awareness of environmental health topics, and leadership capacity in area schools and communities.
Next up on the agenda is the Emerging Scholars Academy, which will bring together nine area high school students for hands-on environmental health science research training and field experiences over the course of eight weeks. Funding for these programs is provided by the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program (GRHOP).
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May 12, 2014