Elementary and middle school students get hands-on lessons in science

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 5:27pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 5:55pm

Thousands of elementary and middle school students got hands-on lessons in science Tuesday.

Maeve McCracken's a student at St. James, and she's teamed up with some fifth graders at Episcopal to try and take a "bite" out of a worldwide problem.

"I think it's really cool. In third grade, I came here, and I wanted to be in it ever since and now I got to," Maeve said. "I hope people learn that shark finning is not good, and that we need to stop it. We need to pass the law to stop serving shark fin soup."

"They're just so interesting. Everybody thinks they are big man-eaters, but they're not," Celia Stevens, Episcopal student, said.

"I think it's pretty awesome that we get to share all this information to so many kids, and it's just so easy for them to walk right up and listen to us talk," Parker Guarisco, Episcopal student said. "If I just think that's really cool."

These students are presenting their project at Louisiana Sea Grant's Ocean Commotion, where students have the opportunity to learn about the issues that effect Louisiana's environment in an interesting way.

"Being able to have a fun time with different mammals and different ways to kind of help the environment, I think that's one of the best parts about Ocean Commotion is because they're trying to teach people how you can make things better," Chesa Baker, student volunteer from St. Joseph's Academy.

Dianna Linstedt's the education coordinator of Louisiana Sea Grant. She said it's a way for students to inspire one another.

"Well they're on the same level. If a student knows a topic, they know how to explain it better to someone their same age," Diane said. "Plus, it also gives students who are listening, a little more confidence so they can learn it, and that they can actually do things like that as well."

This is Louisiana Sea Grant's 16th year hosting the event. More than 60 presenters from various businesses and organizations across the state volunteer each year.

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