Nature’s Academy is excited to announce new technological additions to our programs, made possible through our partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency! Part of the total $97,000 awarded to Nature’s Academy by the EPA has allowed us to purchase new tablets, portable digital microscopes, and water quality probeware and sensors to enhance our outdoor “edventures.”
We began our technological updates with Android tablets that allow students and teachers to document their field trip day. Scavenger hunts provided by Nature’s Academy provide a hands-on science-based investigation of the natural world. Digital portable microscopes connect with the tablets and allow an up-close look at plants and animals. Students can capture what is seen with the microscopes in video or photo form!
Another technological companion to the tablets is our new water quality probeware and sensors. The sensors’ wireless Bluetooth capability enhances the “Technology” in “STEM” and allows students to collect multiple parameters simultaneously. Nature’s Academy chose equipment from PASCO Scientific because of their student-focused STEM approach to learning. Their mission is to “bring out the scientist in everyone”, a principle that Nature’s Academy brings to every program we offer.
By using this equipment, students become citizen scientists that collect baseline data for measurements such as temperature, salinity, and dissolved oxygen levels. Participants then compare water quality and weather measurements with biodiversity data to evaluate the overall health of the estuary they’re exploring. All of the data recorded by our students is eventually uploaded to our Citizen Science Database. A water quality monitoring project where citizen science data on water quality, biodiversity, and coastal cleanups are uploaded, analyzed, and shared with people all over the world.
Access the following link to read more about the EPA Gulf of Mexico grant awarded to Nature’s Academy. Contact us to book an edventure of a lifetime and put your students in touch with our brand new STEM equipment! Students can capture what is seen with the microscopes in video or photo form, demonstrated in the video below of a ragged sea hare collected during the STEM Literacy Project!