MARTHA K. SEAGLE
Students at Kiser Intermediate School in Lincolnton experienced science â€œhands onâ€ 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 schoolâ€™s courtyard garden.
â€œThis 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,â€ said Ann Rhyne, president of Kiserâ€™s Parent Teacher Organization.
Linda Yoder, lead science teacher for Lincoln County Schools, said that the project represents the school districtâ€™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 todayâ€™s students into the science and engineering fields. For more information on the program, visit www.stemedcoalition.org.