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Clemson Extension, Thornwell School for the Arts team up

on Tuesday, 26 December 2017. Posted in News, Education

Clemson Extension, Thornwell School for the Arts team up
Katie Altman, a Clemson Extension Water Quality Agent in the Pee Dee, uses a spray bottle at Thornwell School for the Arts to simulate how storm water carries environmental pollution into critical community water sources.

Clemson Extension and Thornwell School for the Arts joined forces recently to provide engaging activities for fifth graders about the causes and effects of various types of environmental pollution. The lessons focused on a three-dimensional map of a community that included homes, roads, businesses and waterways.

Leigh Walker, the 4-H Extension Agent for Darlington County, helped organize the opportunities, while Katie Altman, the Clemson Extension Water Quality Agent for several counties in the Pee Dee, conducted the lessons. Kristen Miller’s class shouted answers to questions and watched the demonstration intently.

“My class and I have been so fortunate to have Mrs. Leigh Walker from Clemson Extension work with us this year. The students have been able to work with interactive landscape models and a variety of materials that, without her help, would not have been possible,” Miller said. “By using these materials, the students are able to see how their day-to-day activities affect the city that they live in.

Although, we have watched videos and studied pollution in textbooks, nothing could have been more effective than using the landscape models. The models allow students to quickly see the results of pollution.”

Altman explained different types of point source and nonpoint source pollution and introduced examples those pollutants to the map. She then created a simulated “storm” – a spray bottle full of water – to show the students how pollution ends up in critical water sources.

Additionally, she discussed the impacts of erosion and how to help prevent erosion in important areas. Walker said she and Altman enjoyed working with the students. She added they are excited to return next semester for a new lesson. “I have enjoyed working at Thornwell this year with Mrs. Miller’s Science class and with Mrs. Citronella Smith’s guidance classes,” Walker said.

“We were delighted by the interest of the students and their thoughtful comments and questions. In February, we will be teaching the life cycle by incubating and hatching duck eggs.”