TEAM Summer Science Week

ESI:Beacon 2017
(Environmental Science Investigators)

July 10 through 14

ESI: Beacon 2017, our first TEAM Science Week, engaged 25 middle schoolers in July 2017 in hands-on learning with a mix of technology, field exploration, artistic expression and teamwork.

Led by Clarkson biology Professor Stefanie Kring, and Rombout Middlle School science teacher Jeanette Lynch, 6 teams of students tested water samples from a local pond at Stonykill Farm for levels of phosphorous, nitrogen, pH and other parameters to deliver a scientific assessment of aquatic health. Each team then created a presentation with recommendations to the farm on potential ways to enhance the pond water quality.

Based on results of testing, student investigators recommended that the farm consider relocating manure piles or creating runoff buffers to improve water quality parameters of the pond.

The goal of ESI:Beacon 2017 was to empower young scientists by launching a real-life investigation into a local water quality quandary, in partnership with several local organizations.

Acknowledgments
Program leaders would like to thank the following partners for their involvement, guidance, and support:
All the participating students and parents
Sember Weinman and Common Ground Farm
Paul Adams and Stacey Lynch Adnams, Stony Kill Foundation
Helanna Bratman and the Green Teens
Mary Ellen Iatropoulous and SparkMedia Project
Bryan Quinn, OneNature LLC
Chef Lisa Chapin
Michael Bicknell, Clarkson University

Summer programs connecting fun with science in the Hudson River Valley where technology, environment, art and media (TEAM) come together to inspire the pursuit of STEM.


Thank you so much for teaching us so many cool things. I had tons of fun and learned a lot during the camp!
— Student Investigator, ESI:Beacon 2017

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Please stay tuned for future TEAM Science programs!