Third Graders Raise Awareness on Trash in Our World

Third Graders Raise Awareness on Trash in Our World
Posted on 03/21/2018

ACT Trash AwarenessWestern Row third grade ACT students held the ACT Trash Research Fair on March 2 in the WR Cafeteria.


​Parents were invited to stop in and visit with the young researchers, to analyze their formed opinions and perspectives, and to learn about any solutions created or identified through their research on how trash is affecting the Earth.

“Students showcased their ​awareness and independent research on various types of trash - ocean, land, and space - along with pointing out the threats or problems of trash," explained WR Gifted Intervention Specialist and third grade ACT teacher Jill Hartsock. "They also shared the pros-and-cons of this dilemma, their own evaluation of the problem, and possible solutions, including their own inventions."


This is the third graders first, extensive experience at participating in an independent study of this magnitude. Inspired by Maanasa Mendu, Mason High School’s own sophomore who was named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017.


“Students studied her ability to research a problem, potential solutions, and ultimately raise awareness about piezoelectricity and energy scarcity through her own invention!” added Hartsock.


​Project titles included Ocean Trash, Trash in Space, Earth is Becoming a Landfill, Trash Trouble, and Ocean Pollution.

"​We are so thank​ful for teachers who challenge​  our students with real world problem​s," shared Western Row Principal Eric Messer. " We loved having all the parents at W​estern ​Row​ to see the showcase of projects and talented students​. I saw many smiles!"​

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