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NCHS Environmental Science Class Takes a Field Trip

by Tonja Kearns

March 16, 2017

NCHS Environmental Science Class Takes a Field Trip


    On Friday, March 3, the Nemaha Central High School Environmental Science class took a field trip up to the campus of Northwest Missouri State University to tour many of its facilities on campus dealing with alternative energy and recycling.  They have been studying types of alternative energy in the last couple weeks and took the trip to see how a college campus deals with recycling and how they are also leading the way with research in various aspects of alternative energy.

    On the trip, the students toured the NMSU boiler that powers the entire campus.  The kids also got to go through the facility where they actually grind up their paper products and make the paper pellets that they burn.  In that same building, they also store all of their recycled goods that they collect from campus.  It was amazing to see a campus that is really mindful of helping take care of the environment.    

After touring all of their recycling facilities, the students also got to drive through the campus farm, where they raise livestock and chickens and grow various crops.  The last building they visited was the state-of-the-art science building on campus.  One of Mrs. Kearns’ professors when she attended Northwest, Dr. Jeff Thornsberry, took them on a short tour of the classrooms and labs.  The kids got to see a scanning electron microscope that he said cost $60,000.  The students were amazed at the images that those microscopes put out!  All in all, the students had a great trip and learned a lot!




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