2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in STEAM

During the Spring of 2019 David Krassner’s AP Environmental Science students collaborated with artist Shawn Skabelund in creating a large-scale art installation, Ancient Waters, which focused on the biological and chemical research done at Fossil Creek, April 4-6, 2019. David led his 30 students on this three day field trip, and then worked with several of them preparing the work of art. The installation was exhibited at the Harry Wood Gallery at ASU, Oct. 28 – Nov 1, for the Testing the Waters project. David Krassner’s Coconino High School class was one of five from Arizona high schools to participate in this project.

On Oct. 24-25 David led another field trip with his students working with NAU Professor Tom Whitham and the Cottonwood Ecology Group. This first-hand field experience was at the Pulliam Charitable Trust/SEGA research site. The students planted hundreds of cottonwood saplings at the new experimental garden and restoration site along the Little Colorado River.

The amount of time and preparation that David takes to prepare smooth and practical educational experiences each year is exemplary. But then to take that one extra step and combine science with art and help spearhead a beautiful, didactic work of art needs to be commended and recognized. Both of these field trips were designed to not only expose the students to cutting-edge experiential research, but the possibility of a career in STEM or in the arts.