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Carroll Students Discover Nature on High-Tech Hike

Maryland Middle Schoolers Become Citizen Scientists For A Day With National Geographic Education, AAAS and the Verizon Foundation
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Ala Hussen, 12, used her iPad recently to snap a photo of leaves from a red oak tree. The Charles Carroll Middle School seventh-grader and about a dozen fellow students identified plant and animal species in West Field Park in New Carrollton, near the school.

The children were involved in BioBlitz, a program in which students, with the help of scientists, document plant and animal life using iPads.

A Dairy Making Sure Manure Isn’t Waste

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“It takes a lot of energy to produce milk,” Albert Straus tells us almost immediately after we arrive at his dairy. He would know. Straus owns and runs the Straus Family Dairy and a nearby creamery in Tomales Bay, just north of San Francisco. With knee-high boots trudging through mud, Straus shows us the 300 cows he manages, a herd whose milk becomes cheese, ice cream, butter, and yogurt that gets distributed across much of the U.S.

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