Every once in a while, a great program, turns out something even more amazing…
The last week of April is STEM week in Oregon. Culver Middle School hosted their annual “STEMFEST” which showcased the student’s STEM accomplishments for the year. Not knowing what to expect, I was amazed when I walked into a classroom that had been transformed into a tiny portion of The Cove Palisades State Park. Students had recreated the ponds that they’ve been restoring to give students, staff and special guests, a glimpse into restoring a fire ravaged wetlands.
(They had painted murals of the cliffs and even had real sagebrush and juniper in the room so it smelled like the park.) They displayed the showy milkweed that they’ve been propagating in class; as well as some butterfly larvae that they are caring for.
This student lead event engaged elementary and high school students to make a topographical map of The Cove in a sand box which had a projected image of the wetlands on it. They handed out milkweed seeds to students so that they could plant them at home. Mrs. Naomi Little and Mr. Mark Habliston said, “This is a collaborate effort of the students as well as the teachers.”