UA Superfund Research Program Participates at the Hayden-Winkelman School District Science Day

On March 27, 2017, students and researchers from University of Arizona’s Project Harvest, UA SRP, Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, and Department of Atmospheric Sciences participated in the Hayden-Winkelman School District In-Class Science Extravaganza. The team provided in class activities to local students that included lessons on soil characteristics, water quality water, and a university student panel discussion about majoring in the sciences.  These activities were planned and coordinated by graduate student Iliana Manjón (UA/NASA Space Grant Intern) and Dr. Mónica Ramírez-Andreotta (Director, UA SRP Research Translation Core). UA SRP trainees, Shana Sandhouse and Denise Moreno Ramírez, were part of an undergraduate and graduate student team that volunteered to lead the grade specific activities. The day culminated with all the Hayden-Winkelman School District students gathering to learn about the phases of matter in an interactive lecture provided by Dr. Ramírez-Andreotta. In the end, the students got to sample liquid nitrogen ice cream, which was a prop to teach them about these phases! Manjón said about the experience, “Our Science Day Extravaganza exceeded my expectations. The UA volunteers did a wonderful job engaging with the students to make this experience both fun and educational for all grade levels. I can't wait to return for future events! This district-wide science day was part of an ongoing UA SRP effort to partner with the community of Hayden-Winkelman regarding the Hayden ASARCO Plant Superfund site and other local pollution issues.