Earth Day Inspires Biology Students

Published on: April 30, 2008

In an effort to make students more aware of recycling and the effects of global warming, biology students at Lone Star College-Kingwood hosted a campus Earth Day event.

Professor Betsy Morgan's honors biology class organized the event with help from the college's Student Activities office.  They came up with the idea to have students move through a series of stations that each highlight facts about recycling and global warming.  At each station students had cards punched and when they completed the circuit, they were entered into a drawing for an iPod shuffle.

"This event is actually part of the curriculum.  I wanted the students to take it and run with it, I didn't want to dictate how or what they did," said Professor Morgan.  "I wanted the students to see first-hand how a small group could do something that has a big impact."

Another biology class put together the educational displays on the topics assigned by the honors class.  They researched the topics and created presentations to give students the facts on global warming, recycling and man's impact on the environment. 

"Making people aware of the garbage problem is one of the reasons we're out here," said student Elsa Dugas.  "It's just out of hand how much garbage we produce in our society."

Student Jessie Buss said they went with a super-hero theme for the day.  "We just wanted everyone to know they can do something little today and it will help.  They can be a superhero for the environment."

Steven Carrell, volunteered to dress up as Captain Planet, complete with blue body paint.  "I don't mind making fun of myself, it's for a good cause," he said.

Also included in the event, the non-major biology students in another class handed out canvas bags, recycled pencils and computer part bookmarks provided by Harris County Clean Water Clear Choice.  Their professor, Dr. Carla Wyatt is an adjunct at LSC-Kingwood and works for Harris County Clean Water Clear Choice.

Professor Morgan hopes that this service learning project will make a lasting impression.    "I think what they will take away from this project is that doing just one small thing can make a difference."

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