Not if you win
a ribbon for excellence.
Students in Stephen Boese's fourth grade class
at Blanton Elementary, in partnership with the Bureau, were
awarded a ribbon for excellence for their presentation of the results
of their experiment "Is Dirt just Dirt" at Austin Science Fun
Day. Research Scientist Susan Hovorka mentored the class into an inquiry
into the composition and origin of soil, starting with local samples and
extending to samples collected contributed from various locations by Bureau
staff. Blanton students then showed visitors to their booth how to make
their own dirt by crushing rocks to make pebble, sand, and clay, and adding
organics from compost. Austin Science Fun Day,
organized by Texas Memorial Museum, was held March 2 as part
of Explore UT. Bureau staff including David Stephens, Kelley Keese,
Katie Kier, Rebecca Jones, and Bridget Scanlon, helped to host the
students and provide logistical support.