A team of three traveled to southwest Louisiana from February 7th through 10th, 2012. Two of the three were Roadshow “veterans” (NESCent postdoc Julie Meachen was part of “Team Iowa – 2011”, and NESCent Asst. Director of Education/Outreach Jory Weintraub was part of “Team Virginia – 2011”), and the third member of the team (NESCent postdoc Kate Hertweck) was road-tripping for the first time.
Our first stop was Rayne High School in Rayne, LA (known both as “The Frog Capitol of the World” and “Louisiana City of Murals” – and, yes, several of the murals feature frogs!).
Our host there was biology teacher Bernardine Stewart, and she and her colleagues were tremendously gracious and welcoming.
The entire student body (all classes from all four grades) packed the school gym to hear our presentations.
Our next stop was J.I. Watson Middle School in Iowa, Louisiana, populataion 2,663, where we were hosted by science teacher Marianne Rodriguez.
We once again packed the school gym with students so we could deliver a number of presentations to several different grades.
After multiple presentations to hundreds of middle-schoolers and high school students over a two day period, and after several INCREDIBLE cajun meals, we headed home to North Carolina, forever appreciative of the southern hospitality shown to us by our terrific hosts in Louisiana!