Greenshield Organic recently had the privilege of teaming up with a local Raleigh, NC group of 3rd graders to show how safer ingredients can be used for cleaning in place of toxic ones. Over 90 students and 4 teachers with York Elementary’ s STEM program welcomed us to participate in a penny cleaning activity using various non-toxic liquids including our Greenshield Organic All Purpose Cleaner.
The STEM program offers kids a chance to apply complex concepts involving Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in real world situations and the kids did just that during this exercise. The students used their academic knowledge about liquids and solids to discover which safe cleaning agents can clean a dingy penny. The lesson proved that food safe ingredients like citric acid, acetic acid and others can remove tough dirt and grunge while not causing harm to people, pets or the planet in the process.
The feedback from the kids was terrific! Check out the comments from some of the 3rd grade participants:
“It was interesting, well cool, when the penny was changing colors from dirty to shiny.” - Aiden
“Greenshield Organic really helped the coin get cleaned!” - Haley
“It was really fun. I liked experimenting on how to clean a penny. It was even more fun because we got to get messy! My favorite cleaner was Greenshield Organics. It was able to get our pennies the shiniest. It worked great! - Zoey
More about York Elementary School’s STEM Program
York Elementary School, a STEM community member, has been recognized for several grants due to its environmental focus. It has a state of the art outdoor playground which was made possible by a generous grant from the John Rex Endowment Fund and is used as a learning lab. Students are taught according to state standards but teachers also allow their classroom to go from inside the walls to outside into the environment.
Meg Osterhoff is the STEM teacher at York Elementary and thoroughly enjoys challenging young minds to seek innovation while keeping sustainability a priority. Check out all the other great projects she has taken the lead on with the kids: http://detectiveosterhoff.weebly.com/
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