Learning by Leading
Oct 28, 2010Water means life. This is one lesson 1,700 fourth graders learned from “Water and the Environment” inquiry seminar students. They were among several Concordia students who volunteered with the River Keepers’ annual Red River Water Festival.
The students from Dr. Mark Jensen’s class, who are all RISE scholars, taught the elementary students about topics ranging from storm drains to safe drinking water.
Jasmine Duncan ’14, Macon, Ga., showed students about how plants and people need each other for life. Alison Bruggeman ’14, Moorhead, taught children that contaminated water doesn’t always look or smell badly.
From Jensen’s perspective, the project helps students learn by teaching and prepares them to be community leaders as scientists.
“We channel the energy and enthusiasm of freshmen students into elementary kids,” Jensen says.
The students are valuable not only for their science knowledge but also for their example to the elementary children, says River Keepers project coordinator Christine Laney.
“The students are great role models,” Laney says.