Izolda Trakhtenberg was the special speaker/instructor on Earth Day, April 22, 2010, for the gifted students at Northside Elementary School in Newnan, Georgia. Her presentation was hands-on with many visuals and demonstrations that taught in a superb way the structure, texture, and importance of our local Georgia soil. In addition, the children participated in the filter experiment with predicting and analyzing soils that are good filters of water. Izolda held the children’s attention and provided opportunities for all of the students to participate in some way. Her broad knowledge was shared in a very engaging way. Her presentation was just perfect for the occasion.
–Ingrid Richardson, Teacher of Gifted, K-5
Northside Elementary School, Newnan, Georgia
Our Earth Ambassadors were completely amazed by the soils presentation and follow-up ‘Passing Through’ activity conducted by Izolda Trakhtenberg at their Climate Day training. They never thought much about soil and the connections soils have to what we eat and drink every day, the Earth’s albedo, and where we choose to build our homes and businesses. Izolda’s presentation not only made them aware of the connections to these issues (and more), it provided them with an engaging, thought-provoking, visual interactive activity that provided them with clear understandings about how different soils do or do not filter precipitation as it passes through the soils. Added to this is their avid interest in duplicating this activity at their organizations in the future to promote climate awareness with soils science an integral part of the whole.
Rosemary Millham, PhD
Assistant Professor in Secondary Education
SUNY New Paltz