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April 23, 2020

Case Studies

Students Lead the Change to Indoor Air Quality Statutes

When Mary Breslin’s seventh-grade science class at George Washington Middle School in Alexandria, Virginia, met for the first time in fall 2018, several students noticed something strange: a mushroom was growing out from underneath the baseboard in their classroom. Two years later they were there when the Governor of Virginia signed their idea into law.

Students Change Recycling Ordinances in Wentzville

Each year Ms. Eckelkamp takes her Wentzville, MO students to the stream to conduct chemical tests of water quality. In the Fall of 2017 the students were particularly concerned about the amount of garbage they found in the stream. Six months later they participated in a City Council Meeting where their ideas to improve curbside recycling became a city ordinance.

Ana Humphrey’s Passion for Science

Ana had always had a passion for science. It was in her seventh grade life science class that she really started to understand how she would use science to solve problems.