Mila's Marie Curie Science Challenge: Jane Goodall
Cheri Garner, Science Specialist K-5
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Inspired by the Marie Curie Science challenge, after reading a biography on Jane Goodall and several books about endangered animals, Mila decided to join Jane Goodall's Roots and Shoots group. This is a global youth program whose mission is to foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs, and to inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, other animals, and the environment. Mila applied for and was awarded a mini-grant from Roots and Shoots to complete a project she designed. She invited friends from five different states, five different preschools and five different elementary schools to participate as "Friends of Endangered Species." Each participant drew a picture of their favorite endangered animal and/or took a video of themselves talking about animals. These pictures and videos were combined into this educational video. PLAY VIDEO We utilized experts in the field including an entomologist, zoo director/big cat handler, veterinarian, five Adelson teachers and additional Adelson employee. A portion of the grant money was spent on the symbolic adoption of two zoo animals on behalf of the Adelson science room. The symbolic adoption encourages conservation through education and direct enrichment of the adopted animals lives. The other portion of the grant money was donated to Adelson Educational Campus Community Pride Campaign, which goes towards to scholarships and enhanced student programing & trips.
Here is some additional information:
Lower School Adelson Lions have officially been appointed as the adoptive zoo parents from April 2018-April 2019 for Keira, the Cougar, and Vitez, the Royal While Bengal Tiger. Both animals reside at the Cougar Mountain Zoo in Issaquah, Washington.