From News@Purdue Calumet:

As part of their school year-long, life science curriculum, Chicago public middle school students will participate in a water festival, during which they will interact with scientists and other aquatics experts, Friday (5/28) from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. at Stockton Elementary School, 4420 North Beacon St.

Within their life science curriculum, “Exploration Earth: Aquatic Adventures Academy,” the students have studied aquatic environments and what organisms need to flourish in specific environments. The curriculum emphasizes interaction with practicing local scientists.

Workshops will be led by Leslie Dorworth of Purdue Calumet’s Department of Biological Sciences, an Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant Aquatic Ecology specialist; Dana Murphy of Friends of the Chicago River; and educators from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

The event is administered through Purdue University Calumet of Hammond, Ind. and its Center for Science and Technology Education. The students’ involvement in the “Exploration Earth: Aquatic Adventures Academy” is sponsored by the Toyota USA Foundation.

Purdue Calumet’s Center for Science and Technology, part of the university’s School of Education, seeks to support P-12 education through development and dissemination of innovative technology platforms for science and mathematics, particularly in educational environments with a significantly underserved population.

Other information is available by contacting the center’s director, Robert Rivers, at 219/989-2335; 800/HI-PURDUE, ext. 2335; or