WATERSHED EDUCATION THROUGH STEM EDUCATION (WET STEM)

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The 13-month WETSTEM pilot project, accomplished with generous funding from New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYS P2I) was conducted to prove out a hands-on model for watershed education and STEM enrichment based around an assessment of aquatic health of a tributary.

WETSTEM was designed on the principles of the C3 curriculum designed by NY Hall of Science: “Collect, Construct, Change”. Collaborating with Jen Epstein, Riverkeeper water scientist, and 2 classes of AP Environmental Science students at John Jay High School in Hopewell Junction, NY, Beacon Instiute|Clakrson University led field and lab studies, and created a pollution prevention curriculum to generate strategies and communications addressing the presence of microplastic pollution in Fishkill Creek, a tributary of the Hudson River.

Beacon Institute | Clarkson University continues to deploy the methods, skills and equipment gained during the pilot project to conduct WET STEM modules with other classes and school districts.

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