K-6 Students attending the Girl's STEM Summer Camp June 11-15, run by the Museum of Discovery in collaboration with the Arkansas State University Museum, visited the A-State Ecotoxicology Research Facility where they learned about different ecosystems, including the animals, plants, and landscapes.
After visual presentations and discussion led by graduate students Brittan Singleton and Amber Ruby, each student created her very own ecosystem using 3-D materials to construct the environment. The students were then led by graduate students Emma Martin, Andressa Alves Augusto and Dr. Carlos Rosado Berrios (recent Environmental Science doctoral graduate) in an Aquatic Toxicity workshop. Here they did a fish toxicity test with salt, which was colored yellow to represent the various concentrations of toxicant. In addition to their activities at the Ecotox Center, which is led by Dr. Jennifer Bouldin, the students also visited labs and field sites led by Drs. Michelle Reba, Lori Neumann-Lee, and Tina Teague and their students. In addition to other campus tours and activities, students visited with Ms. Lana Elkins, doctoral candidate in Molecular Biosciences, who discussed careers in science.