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Geosciences faculty give hands-on ‘lesson' to Burt Elementary students

A concerned Burt Elementary School teacher reached out to Austin Peay State University to help improve her students geology scores on a national test.
On Jan. 24, 2007, Kenzi Neuman, a fifth-grade teacher at nearby Burt Elementary School, contacted Richard Wheeler, laboratory manager for the School of Geosciences.
A concerned Burt Elementary School teacher reached out to Austin Peay State University to help improve her students' geology scores on a national test.
On Jan. 24, 2007, Kenzi Neuman, a fifth-grade teacher at nearby Burt Elementary School, contacted Richard Wheeler, laboratory manager for the School of Geosciences.

After saying her students did not do as well as she had hoped on the geology section of a national testing program, Neuman asked Wheeler if her students could visit an APSU geology lab for a hands-on presentation designed to increase their knowledge and interest in geology.

Wheeler immediately passed the request to Dr. Gregory Ridenour, director of the School of Geosciences, who contacted Dr. Susan Calovini, interim dean of the College of Science and Mathematics.

Calovini gave a thumbs-up, saying, “This sounds like a wonderful community service. Go for it!” And they did.

At 12:45 p.m., Friday, Feb. 9, Neuman's class took their places in McCord 101the introductory geology laband Wheeler gave an one-hour presentation on geology as, what he terms, “a community outreach program for these students.”

Wheeler thinks other elementary school classes might benefit from additional hands-on presentations at APSUones he's willing to lead if it will help grade school children, not only learn more about geology but, in so doing, increase their national test scores.

For more information, contact Wheeler by telephone at (931) 221-1004 or by e-mail at wheeler@apsu.edu. -- Dennie B. Burke