There is perhaps, no better way to learn science than in your own backyard.
Through a partnership with Cecil County's Department of Public Works, students at Perryville High are getting to see science in action in three different locations at the school.
According to Sean McCandless, who works at the DPW Development Services Division, the projects are being funded by way of a stormwater restoration grant. He explained that the projects will help treat stormwater where it wasn't treated previously.
At the front of the school, adjacent to the parking lot, a bio retention pond has been installed.
A bio swale is being installed in the area of a soccer field. The third project will be refurbishment of a dry pond at the rear of the school.
"Part of the grant requires that it be maintained (by the school). Students feel they are part of it when they've worked on it. And it gives them a better understanding of water quality," said McCandless.
Aaron Kostecki teaches environmental science classes at Perryville High.
He said from his perspective, it makes it easier to discuss storm-water management, runoff, and the impact on the Chesapeake Bay when students can see it in action. "Students see it and they feel like they are part of the planning," said Kostecki. He also said it makes students more aware of the importance of being a friend to the environment.
Similar projects will be funded by a grant at North East High School.