2012 Annual Science Report
University of Wisconsin Reporting | SEP 2011 – AUG 2012
EPO Activity: Project 5: Student Workshops
WARC team members and UW Madison Geology Museum personnel led workshops for the African American Ethnic Academy, a summer science program run by the BTC Institute and partially funded by NASA and the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. In our workshops, 24 students did hands on experiments looking for life in Mars “soil” and explored the concept of “what is life?”.
Via the UW Madison DELTA program, WARC graduate student Liz Percak-Dennett partnered with two classrooms (20 2nd-4th grade students) at Lowell Elementary in Madison, Wisconsin to teach them about microbial cycling. Together they harvested local lake mud and made Winogradsky columns, performed tests on the columns and learned about microbial cycling.