Nov 19 2015

Odessa Science Plant TourOn the heels of earning the 2015 Wildlife at Work Certification from the Wildlife Habitat Council, the Odessa Concrete Plant Wildlife Habitat site at Preferred Materials hosted Mrs. Cheryl Pahl’s fourth grade science class from Hunter’s Green Elementary School for an educational tour. The eight-acre site houses a ready-mixed concrete plant, where one acre is designated for a wildlife garden and outdoor learning space. Students were educated on the properties of concrete, shown how to fill a truck in the plant, instructed on measuring products in the lab, and spoke with a driver about what it was like to drive a concrete truck.

The students were then taken over to Preferred’s pollinator garden; which is host to more than 75 different species of native plants, and were shown a demonstration of the drainage feature of DrainReady™ pervious concrete. The tour ended with the students watching an actual concrete pour and a handprint/beading activity in the freshly-poured concrete. Mrs. Pahl was thrilled to be able to engage the students with hands-on education, stating, “I teach my class about volume, mass, and distribution. The plant tour at Preferred Materials was a very unique experience for my students to see their learnings translate into real, everyday jobs. I will bring my classes here year after year to assist in my lessons.”