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Dr. William Hug

Posted on June 17, 2010

A recent broadcast of the Allegheny Front environmental radio program featured an initiative led by Dr. J. William Hug and a group of future teachers to teach young children about science through hands-on outdoor activities.

The event held earlier this year at Ohiopyle State Park was funded by a grant from PNC Grow Up Great With Science.

More than 500 preschool children enrolled in Fayette County Head Start and their families were invited to the event.

Hands-on lessons about rocks and soil were taught by Cal U students enrolled in the Instructional Strategies course. The event was designed to introduce students to basic principles of science and reinforce academic skills necessary for success in school.

Cal U was one of just 15 colleges and universities to receive a PNC Grow Up Great With Science grant last year. The project targets preschoolers in Fayette County, where research shows that critical social conditions place many young learners at risk for low educational achievement.