HORNERSVILLE, MO - Some eighth grade students at Senath-Hornersville Middle School just got recognized by an earthquake group in Memphis.
The students just finished the first Problem-Based Learning or PBL project on their campus.
According to Heather Ray, a science teacher at Senath-Hornersville Middle School, one of the biggest factors in problem-based learning is creating a community partnership.
PBL gives the students a problem or driving question that involves the community around them.
Students kicked off the first project in February when the class visited the New Madrid Historical Museum.
The driving question for the lesson was "How can we persuade our community to become earthquake ready?"
The project consisted of students creating a flyer and passing it out to community members.
Ray said she only placed one requirement on the project, which was that students must include the history of the area and seismic zone.
Four groups flyers were picked as the top ones.
Those flyers were taken to school administration, teachers, firefighters, and earthquake experts from neighboring towns.
Landon King, Paola Gonzalez and Lauren Woods' flyer was chosen as the winner.
At first, their flyer was just going to be mass-produced and handed out at the Dunklin County iCare Race in Kennett, but the New Madrid Historical Museum Director Jeff Grunwald was impressed with the flyer and asked to share it on the museum's Facebook page.
Grunwald was contacted by the Central U. S. Earthquake Consortium in Memphis who informed him that they decided to include the flyer in their quarterly newsletter with a picture of the students.
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