FREDERICK, Md.—The Hood College Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies has been awarded a $214,000 grant for a three-year pilot education program in Frederick County Public Schools.
The program is called “Project STEM: Schoolyard Thermal Evaluation and Mitigation” and will employ schoolyards as sites to monitor and assess the impacts of thermal pollution on local stream health. The grant was made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training program (NOAA B-WET).
Project STEM is a unique, transdisciplinary program that involves high school teachers and students from both Foundations of Technology classes and Environmental Science classes in two interrelated meaningful watershed educational experiences. Students completing the program will understand the importance of urban environments as “heat islands” and the ways in which these impacts can be mitigated.
NOAA B-WET is an environmental education program that supports locally relevant outdoor, experience-based learning for students in grades K-12 and their teachers. Chesapeake B-WET programs are designed for students in the five-state bay region to understand, protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Learn more about the BWET Chesapeake program at chesapeakebay.noaa.gov/bay-watershed-education-and-training-b-wet/bay-watershed-education-and-training-b-wet.
Hood College’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies provides a framework for multi-disciplinary learning and research by students and faculty with the goal of understanding the genesis, complexities and possible solutions to environmental and social issues that impact the watersheds of our region. CCWS partners with various local schools, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations in environmental research and outreach projects. To learn more about partnering with CCWS, visit ccws.hood.edu.