PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – On a chilly winter day, Kim Wolff’s AP Environmental Science class is on the move.
Outside the walls of Plano Senior High School and on a mission, the students and Wolff hope to lead to change in their city.
Students ran a series of experiments on Rowlett Creek, testing the water that will eventually run into the Trinity River. The students tested the water for different chemicals and ran the flow rates to see impacts from the area.
“We’re hoping to learn what is happening to our water in our community, as far as water quality. This is real data…in the classroom, it’s hard to expose to nature in classroom. When they’re out here, they get a taste of nature, see the impacts human have such as erosion and trash that shouldn’t be here,” says Wolff.
The teacher has been inspiring science students in Plano for more than 24 years. She’s inspired them not just to make observations, but she’s forcing students to think about the world around them.
Students will take the data gathered with this and other experiments throughout the year and present their findings to city officials so that Plano can be a cleaner, greener city.
Last year the city partnered with Plano ISD to start a recycling program at Plano Senior High because of student work from Wolff’s class.
In a country where science education seems to be lacking, Wolff is trying to change that one student at a time. “I hope I have set a fire under as many as possible. I feel like this is one of the most important courses to teach because it makes them aware of the world around them and how they can change.”
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