On November 8, 2013, Mike Swam and Mark Matovich of Hydro-Terra Group (HTG) visited the 5th graders at Manchester Elementary School.  As part of the 5th grade science curriculum, HTG spoke with the students and demonstrated soil sampling techniques using their Cone Penetrometer Test (CPT) Truck.

soil sampling workshop in manchester marylandHTG spoke the students about careers in science, specifically geology, environmental science and engineering.  This fit in nicely with the schools emphasis on STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math).  The students were engaged and asked great questions.

After a brief discussion on what we can tell from soil, what kind of soils are in our area and how soils relate to the health of the environment, HTG moved the classroom outside and demonstrated taking a Macro-core Soil Sample and donated it to the school for future class discussion.  The students were invited to get a closer look at the core sample and answer some questions on a worksheet that was provided by HTG.  In addition to the core sample, the students were invited to get a more “hands on” feel of soil science and were shown soil texturing techniques.

Many muddy hands and a great learning experience was had by all. Click here to contact us for more information!

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