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Students learn science from national hero

June 08, 2013
Mae Jemison at Roosevelt
Astronaut Mae Jemison spent June 5 engaging students and teachers in environmental science as part of World Environment Day.
Dr. Mae Jemison, the nation's first African American woman astronaut, spent June 5 problem-solving with Roosevelt, Grant, Jefferson and Lincoln high school students and teachers around such issues as environmental sustainability and green job creation in an interactive workshop at Roosevelt.

As The Skanner Newspaper reported, the workshop was part of the North American World Environment Day activities, sponsored by Bayer Corporation. This year’s theme is “Reducing your foodprint.”

“What we like to do is work with teachers and students to really have them learn something in a very experiential way,” says Jemison. “When you experience something, you learn it better. And we know, especially when you are working with teenagers that they need to use all their motivation and enthusiasm to apply to a problem.”

More than 70 students as well as teachers participated in the workshop at Roosevelt.  Jemison and a team of environmental scientists gave the students a series of problems to work on over the course of the morning and then tasked them with presenting solutions later on in the day.
Read more of The Skanner news story. On June 13, check out The Portland Tribune's coverage of the Jemison's visit.

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