Puerto Rican Students and Teachers Visit BFA Fairfax High School
As part of a science exchange program being developed by high school science teacher Tom Lane and FWSU Superintendent Ned Kirsch, eight students and five teachers from Puerto Rico recently visited BFA High School and stayed with host families. The PR students and their teachers had presented research at the VT EPSCoR St. Michael’s College Center for Workforce Development and Diversity Science Symposium earlier in the week. These visiting students came from four different high schools in Puerto Rico: Jose E. Aponte de la Torre School in Carolina, Academia Maira Reina in San Juan, Juan Ponce de Leon in Florida and Aurea E. Quiles in Guanica, Puerto Rico. The students and their teachers participated in many different activities during their time at BFA: a tour and lecture at Proctor Maple Research Center, visiting Hamel’s sugar house, activities in Ms. Brien’s Spanish class, observation of Ms. Villeneuve’s public speaking assessment, making salt scrubs in Botany class, constructing decomposition bags, tour of Bill Rowell’s “Cow Power” farm and recreation such as sledding at Bolton and time at AirDrop.
BFA students and science teacher Tom Lane will travel to Puerto Rico on April 13-19 to visit the four high schools of our visiting Puerto Rican friends. Our students will learn about research involving macrobenthics in streams, heavy metals pollution, tropical forest and dry tropical forest ecology, cave ecology, as well as tour the Arecibo Radio Telescope. Funding for the exchange is provided by a FWSU, a Bay and Paul grant, VT EPSCoR and student funds.