Welcome back to my blog!
This week was extremely exciting! I had the weekly program lesson, and I was deployed to a Boys and Girls Club school site as well. I went to a school in Ossining and started a garden project with them. They have some spare dirt space for a garden, so I spent a few hours with students after school working to research some of the native plants that they have in their area to plant in the garden. We discussed how native plants were beneficial for the environment, as they use less water and help support local ecosystems.
It was really neat to work with new students in a little bit of a different age group. The students I worked with at the school site were mainly all middle school students, so it was interesting to solely devote my attention to middle school students.
At the Remington Clubhouse we did the “carbon snake” experiment. It was super visual and fun, and the whole clubhouse wanted to participate in the experiment. Elementary school students saw how fun the experiment looked and got involved with it. Overall, I had approximately 40 students working with me to do the experiment!
The program at Remington is starting to turn more into a clubhouse wide initiative. Almost all of the club members are getting involved in the afterschool science, and it is so cool to see a lot of students showing an interest in STEM and environmental science. Furthermore, I am happy with the increased membership of the program, for I am able to help more kids get passionate about science, and I will have more data for my final findings. I am still deciding what experiment to do next week, but stay tuned for an update on that in my next blog post. I look forward to reporting back on it soon!