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Outdoor Skills and Thrills

Emerson’s middle schoolers have a real “thirst for knowledge.”  Students in the elective class, Outdoor Education, are learning critical skills, such as water use “in the bush.”  They have identified plants that indicate water is near, built water stills, and treated water with iodine tablets.  Recently they found water near the school and purified it by boiling.  Mindful of the dangers of the bacteria Giardia, they let it boil for a good ten minutes over a fire they had built themselves.

Next time they’ll learn how to strain that dirty water first, but for now – have a sip!  Gulp!

Thank you, Tim Wilson, Middle School Science Teacher, for your hands-on, creative teaching style!