The West Virginia Outdoor Learning Lab: Using Research to Create Environmental STEM Outreach

When:
Track 5B: Networks and Partnerships with a Focus on Water Research
Friday, October 13, 2017, 1:00 pm – 2:50 pm

Author(s):
Megan Kruger
Environmental Education Associate
West Virginia Water Research Institute

Abstract:
The West Virginia Water Research Institute is working with faculty and staff from West Virginia University and the Boy Scouts of America to develop a research based environmental Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (E-STEM) education program centered on the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in southern West Virginia. The program introduces scouts to the E-STEM field, particularly the aquatic sciences, while using the site as an aquatic ecology/laboratory. As part of the project, we have deployed equipment to monitor and learn about the areas ecological environment. This presentation will touch on the research used to gather site-specific ecological data as well as how that data was used to develop E-STEM curriculum.