NAU Grad Students Bring Climate Lessons to Schools

| May 20, 2015

May 19, 2015 • By Theresa Bierer • Northern Arizona University • Arizona Education News Service

NAU grad student Jeff Bousson and Dara Marks Marino. Photo courtesy Northern Arizona University

NAU grad student Jeff Bousson and Dara Marks Marino. Photo courtesy Northern Arizona University

Northern Arizona University students in a professional master’s program have benefitted learning experiences in high school classrooms, Flagstaff teachers are saying.

The graduate students in NAU’s Climate Science and Solutions program prepared a greenhouse gas inventory report for the Flagstaff Unified School District, measuring the effects of boiler combustion, energy use and transportation. Part of the semester-long project included communication with high school students.

“When the graduate students came into the classroom, it was an opportunity for my students to ask professionals-in-training about the real-world relevance of their experiences,” said Jeff Taylor, Flagstaff High School AP Environmental Science teacher. The interaction helped the high school students better understand implications of their decisions on the environment, Taylor added.

Julie Vlieg, an AP Environmental Science teacher at Coconino High School, agreed with Taylor that the experience helped students connect classroom learning with the real world.

“Our class got a snapshot of how scientists research a question and how it can apply to something tangible such as determining the carbon footprint of a school,” Vlieg said.

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