John P. Parker Students Present Research to Global Audience

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John P. Parker School has some budding researchers on their roster.

Sixth-grade students traveled to Lexington, Kentucky, in mid-October to share their research on local watersheds at the North American Association of Environmental Educators’ (NAAEE) 16th Annual Research Symposium.

Leading up to their presentation, students spent several months working with the Foundation for Ohio River Education (FORE) and the Wave Foundation to gain a better understanding of the watersheds in their community. These young researchers completed numerous assignments collecting data from the Cuyahoa River, Duck Creek and Ohio River. As part of their research, students measured PH levels, oxygenation, turbidity, temperature and phosphates.

Students conducted numerous tests on the quality of their local water.

The presenting students were Nate Evans, Kyndal Kelly, NaBree Barber, Titus Chappell, Armarionna Banks and PerSais Harris.

“Our students have responded so well to the program,” said School Resource Coordinator Pamela Knox. “They have really made this research project their own.” She also credited Ms. Elkins-Brown and Ms. Blessing for their assistance and support.

The goal of NAAEE’s Research Symposium is to unite researchers from around the world to discuss the current state of environmental education and share its most effective practices. By presenting on their local watersheds, John P. Parker students showcased their hands-on learning approach to their school’s Vision 2020 program: Global Environmental Literacy, which has five components: Global Citizenship, Environmental Literacy, Health/Wellness, Service Learning and Digital Literacy.

Watershed research is just one of many ways that John P. Parker students engage in environmental literacy. Over the past couple of years, these young scholars have managed community gardens and participated in global climate change projects.

With all this work under their belt, the students of John P. Parker have set a high bar for themselves, but they’re just getting started.

Students present their research to guests.

To learn more about the Global Environmental Literacy program and all the exciting things happening at John P. Parker, check out: https://parker.cps-k12.org.

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