Two Soil and Water Sciences (SWS) Department graduate students shared their knowledge with an after-school science club.
Michael James and Julio Pachon visited students at the Clarence R. Kelly Community Center in Gainesville on March 5, 2020.
The two used skills they practiced in one of the SWS graduate student group’s meetings facilitated by the Natural Resources Diversity Initiative (NRDI) student group. This allowed them to engage the kids in some fun learning activities about soil and water sciences.
“We talked with the students about soil profile development and then augered one next to the center’s garden,” said Michael James, SWS doctoral student.
After everyone had a turn twisting the auger, assigning a Munsell color value, and trying their hand at making a soil ribbon, they washed up and went back in to “record their findings,” James said.
“The recording method varied among our rambunctious group, but I left feeling all warm and fuzzy inside at being gifted with this wonderful abstract piece, which can now be found on the wall at my desk,” they said.