Seventh-graders plant seedlings for marsh restoration project

  • Thursday, June 5, 2014

Laing seventh-grader Luc Atchley checks the salinity of the water. MIC SMITH PHOTOGRAPHY LLC

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Seventh-graders from Laing Middle School of Science and Technology recently helped restore saltwater marshes at Palmetto Islands County Park by planting seedlings of smooth cordgrass that the students had grown and studied for several months.

The project, “From Seeds to Shoreline: Engaging Students in Salt Marsh Restoration,” is offered through the South Carolina Sea Grant Consortium in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources and Clemson Extension. It allows students to help protect a vital ecosystem and fits with Laing's approach to learning through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Laing has been at the forefront of the STEM education trend, emerging as a national leader for incorporating STEM concepts and methods throughout the school curriculum.

This spring, Laing faculty members have delivered STEM presentations at three national education forums. They also have been invited to share their work at two more conferences in South Carolina this summer.

More than 180 Laing seventh-graders took part in the activities at Palmetto Islands County Park on May 19 and 20. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources personnel assisted students with planting the cordgrass – also known as Spartina alterniflora or simply Spartina grass – and provided several other educational activities, including a forest scavenger hunt, a water-quality station and a bioaccumulation station.

To learn more about Laing's various programs, visit www.laing.ccsdschools.com.

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