Students at Tawanka Elementary School sat and attentively watched a presentation from Neshaminy High School students on Friday.
The AP Environmental Science class at Neshaminy high school taught first graders the dangers of lead poisoning. The students delivered a presentation on how to avoid lead. The Neshaminy students captured the attention of the elementary school students by incorporating a super hero theme to the presentation.
The Neshaminy students spent the past two months researching and completing the assignment for their class. The students, led by their teacher, Brian Suter, took their research to assignment further and wanted to tell children how to avoid dangerous lead levels.
The high school students advised the children to eat superfoods in order to avoid dangerous lead levels. The AP Environment Science class also told the first graders lead can be found in dirt. The students told the children to wash their hands after playing outside.
According to Suter, the students wanted to teach the elementary school children about lead poisoning because one of the high school student’s parents is a teacher in Trenton. In their research, the Neshaminy High School students found high levels of lead in Trenton.
“I think they were taken back by the fact that there was this poison and possible potential exposure and it was our area,” Suter said. “They were upset and emotional and were like ‘We gotta stop these kids!’”
Suter said projects like this are valuable to students because they teach skills that students can use in real life scenarios.
“The big emphasis today, in the 21st century, is STEM education,” Suter said. “The reason why that is is the workforce today demands these types of skills: collaboration, problem-solving.”
Suter said the education program has changed over the years and he is hoping that trend continues.
“I’m the lead science teacher here,” Suter said. “I’ve been working to morph our program so that it is more three dimensional, thinking about kids investigating problems and communicating the results.”
WBCB’s Katie Donahue contributed to this report.