Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Louisiana educators gain S.T.E.A.M. tools for connecting their classrooms with Central America

November 5th, 2019

Story by Erika Pettersen, Stone Center graduate student and Publicity Assistant

On Saturday, October 26, the Stone Center collaborated with the Audubon Nature Institute to facilitate a K- 12 educator workshop. With the objective of instructing teachers on how to bring real world science into the classroom, “Teaching Central America with S.T.E.A.M. at the Zoo” centered on the environment of the Central American rainforests and efforts to conserve these endangered natural resources.

Professor Kathy Jack and PhD Candidate Margaret Buehler, primate behavioral ecologists who work on conservation efforts in Dry Forests of Costa Rica, led participants through a S.T.E.A.M.-focused expedition that engaged with subjects of art, environmental science, culture, and anthropology.

Inspired by this workshop, a new set of curricular resources for the K-12 level has been designed to aid Louisiana educators in exploring the Jaguar Jungle and primate exhibits at the Audubon Zoo. These instructional tools will be available on the Latin American Resource Center webpage in the near future.