Lincoln-Way Central AP science connects real world issues to classroom lessons
Monday, April 23, 2018

On Thursday, April 19, 2018, Lincoln-Way Central teacher Liz Hamann invited two guest speakers to her first hour AP Environmental Science class. Trent Shumway and Piper Hodson from the University of Illinois Environmental Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences spoke to seniors enrolled in the class.

With Earth Day right around the corner, class discussion focused on the larger situations of Environmental Science including Asian carp. As an invasive species, Asian carp are destroying the Great Lakes and fresh water ecosystems. The fish were originally introduced into fish farms in Arkansas to be algae eaters, but entered the Mississippi River after a flood; since then, Asian carp have caused major damage to the native fish populations. Many methods have been introduced to limit entry of the fish into new places including electric fences or carbon dioxide barriers.

Hamann stated that attempting to remedy the Asian carp situation is similar to how Central students have been conducting labs this year. "Students build a working hypothesis based off of research, conduct an experiment to collect data, and through analysis, try to make the outcome the best solution to the problem," she said.

After listening to the presentations, seniors Tyler De Young and Jake Ignelzi emphasized how relatable their classroom lessons became. “It was cool that Mr. Shumway emphasized what we’ve been learning all year; everything is connected!”