St. Bernard of Clairvaux parish is a family-friendly church community located in the heart of historic Wauwatosa. The mission of St. Bernard Parish is to provide the people of God with the pastoral care and spiritual nourishment they need to proclaim the Good News of Christ in their lives and to the world.This blog will inform the community of events and activities at this special parish celebrating is 100th Anniversary in 2011. Visit us online atStBernardParish.org
On Friday, March 20th the Fourth through Eighth graders went to the Milwaukee Public Museum to attend a JASON Project conference. They were able to talk with several area scientists including Dr. Cuhel. Dr. Cuhel works for the Great Lakes Water Institute and is a host researcher for the JASON Project this year. He is studying the effects of the Quagga and Zebra mussels on Lake Michigan. At the museum he answered student questions and performed experiments to help the students understand the difference between the two mussels as well as the challenges they are introducing to the ecosystem of the lake. Also, our students competed in a fish race in which they had to design their own clay fish adapted for speed. Eighth graders, Katie Buxbaum and Joel Gebhard, presented the base line results of student testing of the Menomonee River and surrounding soil in Hart Park. The JASON scientists were very impressed with their work. The students will return to Hart Park this Spring to retest and analyze any changes.
The JASON Project, jasonproject.net, a nonprofit subsidiary of the National Geographic Society, connects students with great explorers and great events to inspire and motivate them to learn science. St Bernard's middle school teacher Corrine Beresford, incorporated the JASON Project as part of the curriculum this year.