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Students develop appreciation for environment through extracurricular program

AUSTIN, Minn. (FOX 47) – Project E3 is a STEM-focused enrichment program for students in grades 4 through 6 that is centered on environmental issues.

Students in the Austin, Albert Lea, and Hayfield school districts presented projects today— that they developed over the course of the program at an open house at IJ Holton Intermediate.

The program allows students to learn through engaging educational experiences.

While they do have to sacrifice a few Saturday’s during the school year, the students involved enjoy the program.

“It’s fun and you get to meet new people from Hayfield, Austin and Albert Lea,” said second-year student Anna Shaw.

“It’s also nice because you can learn how you can help the environment and earth by not using gasoline every day and so much of the non-renewable resources.” added Lukas Tapp, another second-year student.

“We’re taking students who are choosing to want to learn more.” said Project E3 lead teacher Arik Andersen. “We use the sciences to learn how to work with other people, how to do academic writing and how do we love learning about things.”

The parents at the open house enjoyed seeing their children develop an interest in learning. The program hopes to inspire kids to take harder science course in middle and high school.

The topics they explore include water and energy conservation as well as animal habitats.

Alex Tejada

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