Student looking at water quality.

A buzz of anticipation filled the gymnasium of Black Mountain Elementary, as students awaited to see what adventure was awaiting them. 

Fourth graders circled around a unique table filled with objects as they learned from local expert Leeah Sutton of Riverlink. This hands-on science experiment was a stream table, where students learned to build mountains, valleys, and safe places for buildings and animals that would not wash away in a flood. The table mimicked the effects of a flood, and students watched in awe as their makeshift town washed away. They later learned how plants and other natural resources help with maintaining a riverbank from erosion. 

“Anytime students can see a model of science events as opposed to reading about the topic, the learning is so much more meaningful and long-lasting,” said fourth grade teacher Sarah Harris. “This hands-on model allowed students to see and test different circumstances that would allow us humans to prevent erosion.”

This science lab also taught students about ways they can make a difference in protecting the environment.

“Stream Stewardship starts early, and is important to teach our next generation about keeping our land and streams clean,” said Ms. Sutton. “This includes picking up after yourself, or planting more plants. Starting early with these ideas encourages protecting our natural environment.” 

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Students building communities in the Riverlink stream table.