About 150 fifth-graders at E. R. Dickson Elementary School in Mobile presented mini-dissertations today, sharing science research they had been conducting for months to their parents and friends.
Working in teams of five, the students gave presentations multiple times throughout the morning to different audiences on topics ranging from “Recycling Like a Pro” to “There’s An Animal Invasion,” and from “Oh No! Not Another Oil Spill” to “Keep Calm and Stop Polluting.”
“I’ve been kind of nervous, presenting,” admitted student A.J. Cleggett, whose project was “Oh No!!! That Animal’s Body is Stuck in Trash.”
“It’s getting easier as the day goes by,” he said. “It actually feels great. We are talking about how we need to reduce and recycle to keep our environment clean.”
Project Dickson, dubbed as “An Ecological Call to Action,” took place in various classrooms throughout the campus. Fourth-graders were invited to attend, take notes and ask questions.
Principal Katrina Kinn said the students met with scientists a few months ago and came up with their topics. She greeted parents and other visitors – including Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson, State Sen. Rusty Glover, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lynda Carroll, and Talents Unlimited Supervisor Kelly Lomax – in the lobby at 8:30 a.m. Kinn told them the students had worked hard on the research – with each group creating its own thesis – and were prepared to answer any questions.
“It’s cool that we are explaining our topics to fourth-graders so they can help us fix the problem,” said Annalee Parks, whose team’s topic was “Help… The Soil is Eroding.”
“Soil erosion is a big problem in Mobile,” she added, “because it is the rainiest city.”
One of her project partners, Jacoyia Menefee said it was a good experience to work in groups. Not only did they learn science, but they also learned teamwork.
“I thought it was a really good learning experience. It helped with my communication skills; I can explain things better now. It helped with my reading skills and vocabulary.
“Now, we’re spreading the word throughout out school about soil erosion so we can all help prevent it.”