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I feel that there is a great need for people to start learning about the environment at a younger age. What do you think the likelihood is that someday soon there will be a standard high-school class that deals with environmental issues only? - Environmentalist

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Environmental-science classes are already being offered as part of the science curriculum at many high schools, and the number of schools offering this subject is increasing each year. Even if environmental science isn't a separate course, it is still an integral part of most high-school science classes.

But the greatest emphasis on the study of environmental science is occurring in middle schools. Here, children are doing very exciting things, with real hands-on projects. For example, students are gathering data about such things as streams and acid rain for local-government units and NASA. The effectiveness of these programs is shown by the above-average scores that eighth-graders are receiving in international science competitions.