On October 3 two John Glenn and Christa McAullife classes were introduced to stream anatomy, including how streams are formed and changed, by using the Mershon-Neumann Heritage Chapter’s stream table. Hands-on activities like these are effective in helping students grasp complex concepts related to natural systems. Ted Lind’s high school Wildlife class and middle school Michigan Ecology classes enjoyed the hands-on opportunity.
The materials used for the stream table, including plastic substrate, household items, a five-gallon bucket, tubing, and a pond pump, were a cost-effective and practical way to create a miniaturized version of a stream ecosystem. The use of plastic plants, dinosaurs, and sponges added an element of fun and creativity to the learning experience, making it fun for both kids and adults. Interactive learning experiences like this leave a lasting impression on students and help them better understand and appreciate the complexities of natural systems.