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Trinity’s Chemistry 312 Soil Analysis Lab Teams Up with HMTCA 6th Graders

Chemistry and Community Learning? We can’t think of a better combination! This semester, Professor Michelle Kovarik implemented a Community Learning component to CHEM 312, a lecture and laboratory course that covers the principles and practice of instruments for quantitative and qualitative chemical measurements.

For the Community Learning component of the course, Kovarik and her students took advantage of the overlap between their instrumental analysis curriculum (the soil analysis lab) and the 6th grade science curriculum at Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA). During the semester, Trinity students worked in groups to gain hands-on experience with the instruments learned about in class, and helped 6th grade students in their analysis of nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous in soil samples.

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After analyzing the soil with the 6th grade students, Trinity students then brought the soil samples back to campus for a more sophisticated analysis by ICP-MS. Then, Trinity students were asked to report their findings back to their 6th grade partners. To help them understand, the Trinity students created infographics for the 6th graders.

Brianna Crawley ’19, Jessica Duong ’19, Sarah Donahue ’20, and Nikki Andersen ’20 created the below infographic detailing metal elements than can impact plant growth.

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Another group of students created this infographic to explain how manganese, copper, lead, and chromium impact plant growth.

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At Trinity College we define Community Learning courses as those that include perspective taking and mutually beneficial relationships with community partners. If you are interested in building a Community Learning component into your course, contact Director of Community Learning Megan.Hartline@trincoll.edu.