As a Science Ambassador to Teens, I formed a bridge between Cornerstones of Science, the Lewiston Public Library, and local teenagers. The Library’s teen room is the place to hang out after school in Lewiston, Maine, so that’s where we brought the science. I crawled down this rocky embankment drifted in snow to grab our ice-cold sample of the Androscoggin River.
This River has a long history of pollution and clean up (it helped Senator Muskie inspire the Clean Water Act of 1972!). We used the Cornerstones of Science water quality testing kit to see how the River is doing today. We estimated a Class B+! Students had a great time with chemistry and asked when I could come back to teach them about geometry, plants, and physics. My professional tools used in this project: experiential activities, storytelling, and quantitative data analysis.