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

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

Megan Kruger
Environmental Education Associate
West Virginia Water Research Institute

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.