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County Soil & Water Conservation expert connects elementary students with science in their community

Pete Nichols with 5th grade students

As a local connection to the science curriculum, Pete Nichols from Schoharie County Soil and Water Conservation spoke to Schoharie Elementary 5th graders on Feb. 27.

Nichols shared information with the students about work being done on the Little Schoharie Creek project, which is one of the biggest stream projects in the country, and why it is being done.

Nichols showed the students photos of places where stream flooding had occurred. He then showed photos of the work that was done to help the streams handle water in a way that is less damaging to the land, and therefore the people in its path.

The 5th graders were able to relate this to their unit on land and water in science. In this unit, students complete experiments to show how water shapes the land using stream table models.

"It was a great opportunity for the students to ask questions and learn about how these concepts are relevant to their lives and community," said 5th-grade teacher Mary Bates. "We thank Mr. Nichols for taking the time to share his knowledge with our students."

Pete Nichols with 5th grade students






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