CCA holds STEM event at Rodale Institute

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Dr. Kristine Nichols teaches CCA students the differences between types of soil.
Submitted Photo Dr. Kristine Nichols teaches CCA students the differences between types of soil.
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Dr. Kristine Nichols, of Rodale Institute, discussed with students the problems with runoff when farmers don't plant properly.
Submitted Photo Dr. Kristine Nichols, of Rodale Institute, discussed with students the problems with runoff when farmers don't plant properly.

On June 3, the Commonwealth Charter Academy (CCA) held a STEM event at the Rodale Institute in Kutztown, from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for student members of the school’s STEM conservatory program.

Students took a farm tour and participated in hands-on research.

Dr. Kristine Nichols taught CCA students about fertilized soil versus soil full of microbes. She described for the students the problems with runoff when farmers don’t plant properly.

Hands-on activities the students participated in included soil sample processing, rainfall simulation, nitrates testing, phosphate testing, PH analysis, soil aggregation and microbial respiration.

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Commonwealth Charter Academy is the state’s largest K-12 cyber charter school.

The Rodale Institute is a farm that has been researching the best practices of organic agriculture and advocating for policies that support farmers. It’s the longest-running side-by-side U.S. study comparing conventional chemical agriculture with organic methods.