Biology prof Brink helps third graders

(04-26-2010)

Dr. Benita Brink, an associate professor of biology at Adams State, is on sabbatical this semester, but that's not keeping her out of the classroom. She's been volunteering every Thursday morning to teach science in her daughter's third grade classroom at Boyd Elementary.

Dr. Benita Brink (left center) and teacher Jan Burris help third graders in Burris' classroom create mini-ecosystems.

Dr. Benita Brink (left center) and teacher Jan Burris help third graders in Burris' classroom create mini-ecosystems.

"The kids have been amazing," Brink said.

Teacher Jan Burris said "The kids just love it. She's really engaged my students in science and gotten me more excited about it, too. She's given me so many ideas."

For Earth Day on April 22, Brink helped the students create mini-ecosystems using recycled soda bottles. After adding gravel, soil, and earthworms, the children planted grass and bean seeds.

By Julie Waechter