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Students create natural habitat

Mike Dunn, a botanist with the N.C. Museum of Natural History in Raleigh, talks with Kiser Intermediate students in Lincolnton last month.

MARTHA K. SEAGLE
Staff Writer
Students at Kiser Intermediate School in Lincolnton experienced science “hands on” recently as they created a natural habitat on the school grounds.
Mike Dunn, a botanist with the N. C. Museum of Natural History in Raleigh and Melissa Dowland, a geologist and educational specialist with the museum, were on hand to teach students how to properly plant non-invasive, native plants in the school’s courtyard garden.
“This will become a natural habitat for butterflies, birds and other species and will allow students to study them as part of the fifth grade science curriculum,” said Ann Rhyne, president of Kiser’s Parent Teacher Organization.
Linda Yoder, lead science teacher for Lincoln County Schools, said that the project represents the school district’s hands-on approach to science education. This project, along with other special programs being presented at area schools, is part of the S.T.E.M. (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) initiative intended to increase student interest in scientific studies and careers.
S.T.E.M. is a nationwide initiative aimed at recruiting today’s students into the science and engineering fields. For more information on the program, visit www.stemedcoalition.org.

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