In April 2007, teacher Irka Elsevier and then-graduate student Biance Moebius-Clune began their second inquiry unit designed to enable high school students to better understand soil science concepts through their own research and experiments.
Soil is fundamental to life and relevant to some of today’s most pressing global issues, such as climate change and demand for energy and water. As soil’s importance to our future becomes evident, educating younger generations on the subject is a necessary task. However, soil science content in K-12 science classes is rarely covered. “I didn’t even know that soil science existed until I was looking at the majors available as an incoming college student,” said Moebius-Clune, extension associate at Cornell University.