"Biochar is a relatively new sustainable way to sequester carbon and improve soil fertility. Come learn about biochar and experience ways to use it."
Biology undergraduate Indya Evans is headed for Charlotte, North Carolina, tomorrow, where she will join scores of people around the state, and possibly from around the nation, for an area conference of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Indya and her faculty mentor, Dr. Debby Hanmer, have turned their biochar research into a lesson plan intended for public schools.
Indya will present the lesson plan by way of a PowerPoint, entitled "Wiggling into Biochar." Her presentation is scheduled for 12:30-1:30 PM, and will be given during an environmental science workshop, one of many workshops slated for Thursday, 7 November 2013. The lesson plan, which is geared for either middle level or high school level students, uses inquiry based learning to teach students about the environment. Specifically, it focuses on the effects of biochar (a charcoal soil amendment) on worms in soil ecosystems.
This year's NSTA conference promotes engineering, or the "E" in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) studies, and it promotes literacy and digital learning. The conference venue is Westin Charlotte's Providence Ballroom. NSTA conferences are great opportunities for people to interact with science educators and to learn new teaching strategies.