In August of 2019, four teachers from the Riverton Middle School were funded by the Science Initiative’s Learning Actively Mentoring Program (LAMP) to attend the Roadmap to STEAM conference in Laramie, Wyoming. These educators developed meaningful problem-based learning for sixty 7th grade students surrounding an old, unlined landfill that closed in 1983.
In 2014, this landfill was listed amongst the “highest priority” landfills. Data indicated elevated levels of iron, manganese, and cadmium in groundwater surrounding the landfill. The middle school teachers partnered with LAMP, the City of Riverton, Inberg-Miller Engineers and graduate and undergraduate researchers at UW.
The middle school students learned about the landfill and considered possible remediative strategies such as phytoremediation and bioremediation.
Wyotoday will carry a zoom broadcast of the students presentation July 1st at 1:00PM on www.facebook.com/wyotodaynews .