Alaska’s Pearl Creek Elementary students present at student science symposium to represent their state

Three Pearl Creek Elementary fifth-grade students recently traveled to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California to showcase their green-down phenology research. Over the past four years, many students have been involved in this project which focused on how leaves change color in the fall. The three students – Ben Fields, Annabelle Grunau, and Lief O’Regan – presented their findings during the Pacific & Northwest Region Student Research Symposium on May 11-12.

During the symposium, educators, students, and scientists shared their research using Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) protocols. The three students represented Alaska as one of four teams and presented their poster to their peers and professional scientists. They also had the opportunity to interact with NASA crews and other scientists while touring the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

At Pearl Creek Elementary, over 200 students have contributed to collecting GLOBE leaf data under the guidance of several teachers including Barbie Keller, Angela Graves, Megan Koster, Eamon O’Regan, Jennifer Norton, Paula Addis, Shana Fields, and Jesse Hensel. “GLOBE Grandma” Chris Villano and scientists from the UAF International Arctic Research Center assisted the students in collecting and analyzing data to prepare the poster for presentation at the symposium.

By Samantha Johnson

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