Grade school students help Texas Tech researcher

The schoolchildren pronounce the scientific names of the creatures with ease, as if they are repeating the name of a close friend or a family member rather than many-syllabled Latin binomens.

At North Ridge Elementary, a growing public school on the outskirts of Lubbock, a gaggle of bubbly fourth- and fifth-graders have been studying a group of winged night creatures with university researchers since January.

Their studies, which wrapped up at the end of March, are part of a pilot program led by Texas Tech bat researcher Tigga Kingston, who casts the program as a way to revive science in U.S. schools and hopes to obtain funding to try it on a larger scale.

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