Educators from Texas, Florida, and Pennsylvania engaged in an experiment at an IISG/COSEE Great Lakes workshop session at the 2010 National Marine Educators Association Conference in Gatlinburg, Tennessee last week. Through a filtration exercise, they sampled the first inquiry-based lesson, “So What’s the Big Deal?” in IISG’s new Sensible Disposal of Unwanted Medicines 4-H curriculum guide. They also received tips on how to start service-learning projects in their communities.

The workshop also featured IISG’s The Medicine Chest, a curriculum collection that addresses the issue of safe disposal of unwanted medicines. This collection describes a variety of successful community stewardship projects developed by students, including art projects, science experiments, creative songs, YouTubeTM videos, eco-poems, and more.