At CC&E, Science Education Starts Early
CC&E believes scientific outreach and education is critical to budding scientists long before they begin studying at university. In keeping with this principle, John White, John and Catherine Day Professor of Oceanography & Coastal Science, hosted a kindergarten class from LSU Laboratory School who came to CC&E to learn about wetlands and soils.
White and four of his graduate students, Katie Bowes, Jessica Vaccare, Alina Spera, and Yadav Sapkota engaged the kindergarteners in activities that identified all the parts of a wetland. The kindergarteners viewed different soil samples while White’s students explained how marsh soil retains water and prevents flooding. In addition, Paige Zittrauer, the Lab School class’ teacher, modeled the kinds of clothing and gear that scientists wear in the field when collecting samples.