Margaret Lowman, pioneer of canopy ecology science, will be video chatting with Equality Charter School middle school students on Friday, December 14th from 3:00pm-4pm.
Equality Charter School has the honor of hosting Dr. Margaret Lowman, dubbed “Einstein of the trees” by the Wall Street Journal, for a video chat on Friday. Students currently taking Integrated Ecology, an advanced science course for 8th graders, will be able to ask Dr. Lowman about her most recent work with the “church forests” in Ethiopia.
“It is important for our students to experience how scientists collaborate with the technology available to them,” says Katrina Scherben, Equality Charter School’s 7th and 8th grade science teacher. “Here is an opportunity for our scholars to engage directly with a woman ecologist who works across the U.S. and in rural Africa right in their classroom in the Bronx.”
Scholars taking this course are reading a college level text preparing for their conversation with Dr. Lowman. “I want our scholars to have exposure to a real life example of a prominent figure doing this work,” says Ms. Scherben, “they need to feel that they can reach out directly to the experts they are studying and draw on the spirit of collaboration inherent in the fields of investigative science.”
Students at Equality taking Living Environments, a Regents level course, will be preparing for a high school level exam in the spring. If they pass, they will receive high school credit furthering them on their accelerated academic career. All of our scholars who preceded them in this course last year passed the regents exam. We know our current scholars will continue on this legacy of excellence.
Equality scholars sincerely look forward to hearing Dr. Lowman’s thoughts and tales of her experience this Friday. Her involvement will further inspire our scholars to pursue their dreams in careers of science.