Acting in the Wind

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West Hempstead Middle School eighth grade Living Environment Honors classes recently read the Jerome Lawrence and Robert Edwin Lee written play, “Inherit the Wind,” and participated in many activities as part of an introduction to the evolution topic.

Students participated in activities that educated the class on the Scopes Monkey Trial as a landmark court case that debated the morality of teaching evolution in a public science classroom. The students not only read the play, they also acted out some of the scenes that helped to demonstrate the many science concepts related to evolution embedded in the play.

“This lesson helped to give students a wonderful opportunity to learn firsthand how science education has changed in the United States over the years,” said Director of STEM Joseph Cangemi.