Monthly Archives: September 2016
By Jasmin Aviles
Community Outreach Project
For my community outreach project (2015-2016 school year) I decided to go to the Sundance Elementary school science fair. Ourjob was to grade all the science fair projects the kids had made. I decided to do this because I wascurious to see all the different ideas the kids had to offer and how they would relate those ideas withscience. I feel like this helped the community in a way that the children are able to see the grades theygot and learn about the mistakes they made and how they can fix them to get a better result next time. Ithink it is important to always keep learning more about science because everything that surrounds us isinvolved with science and it’s amazing to be able to learn about how those things work and came to be.Now that I have completed my part, I feel happy that I was able to help those kids better understand theconcept of science.
We are back in full swing here at YHS. The YHS chapter of the Science NHS has started up again for our 3rd year of being science enthusiasts. This year we are looking to continue our work with science outreach in our community by assisting at elementary schools as well as communicating with local scientists. Students are also participating in their own science by doing citizen science projects. Posts for these will start back up soon.
Already this year we have worked with community partners. On September 17th, members of the YHS chapter of Science NHS traveled down to the Rio Salado Audubon Center in central Phoenix to pick up trash. The Rio Salado is a conservation center in the heart of the city that services as both nature trails and a riparian habitat for many species, including monarch butterflies. This area also has a large seasonal river, where trash often accumulates after the monsoon rains. Every third Saturday, Arizona Audubon hosts a conservation day at the Rio Salado site. The September conservation day was to walk along the now dry river bed and pick up trash.
Students from YHS walked along the dried river bed to pick up plastic bottles, Styrofoam cups, and aluminum cans, among other things, in order to protect that fragile riparian habitat for wildlife and people to enjoy. While difficult work, the students enjoyed the fact that they were helping out our local ecosystems.