Dodie Sanders presented at the Annual Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia Conference on Friday, March 28th at Rock Eagle 4-H Center. The one hour presentation, “Project SORT: Using Marine Debris Surveys to Engage, Educate and Encourage Environmental Stewardship”, allowed 20 educators to learn about programs that effectively engage and educate the public about estuaries and the ocean and the impacts that marine debris can have on these systems. Participants learned how to set up a marine debris survey site in their community and discovered how marine debris shoreline surveys can serve as a tool to educate citizens on current global issues.
Angela Bliss was an invited presenter for the third year at the third annual STEMposium held at Ft. Stewart on April 4th. She taught over more than 120 firsts and fifth graders about buoys’ construction and the nature of science while engaging them in STEM based disciplines. Students created buoyant structures and tested its maximum payload capacity.
Angela was also invited to assist the Fowler Drive Science Club students drive in Athens, GA and present a program to their ROVes (remotely operated vehicles for elementary students) on April 8th at the school’s science night. Ten of the students were able to present their work that night reaching more than 150 parents, students (elementary through high), and school staff and personnel.
Intern Nick DeProspero participated in STEM Academy’s Georgia STEM Day in Savannah. Nick educated 531 middle school students on the numerous different job options that are associated with the marine sciences in relation to how they were directly associated with science, technology, engineering and math.