Environmental Science Students Give Dino-Mite Presentation

Environmental Science majors Leticia Ferreira ’19 and Rebecca Roth ’19 were both like Indiana Jones to local schoolchildren last week. Ferreira and Roth visited St. Peter Catholic School on March 13 with fossils, rocks, and other exciting discoveries during its dinosaur-themed Dino-Mite Book Fair.

“Is that poop?” a curious onlooker asked.

“That’s fossilized dinosaur skin,” explained Ferreira.

“Cool!” a few in the group responded, crowding closer to Ferreira.

The geology rock stars passed around samples of coral, volcanic rock, quartz, limestone, sedimentary rock, and sulfur.

“Ew! That smells like rotten eggs!” one little boy exclaimed.

Ferreira and Roth both say they enjoyed getting away from campus for a while to show the kids what they are learning in their Westminster classes.

Both students officially graduate in May. Ferreira, who is from Maastricht, Netherlands, hopes to do research and pursue a graduate degree. Roth, who is from Kirkwood, Missouri, plans to seek employment in conservation.

“Someday I hope to do educational outreach, so this was a good experience,” Roth says.

For more information on Westminster’s Environmental Science program, go here

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Sarah Rummel Backer is a Media and Content Strategist at Westminster College in Fulton, MO. A 1992 graduate of the College, Sarah has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and strategic communication in the areas of higher education, medicine, agriculture, and the private business sector.