Our STEM Literacy Project is celebrating its tenth year in 2019, and has served over 15,000 students in the past decade! The program was developed to extend the outdoor STEM learning experience to historically underrepresented and underserved communities at no cost to student’s families or schools.
STEM Literacy Project participants investigate barrier island ecology during a nature walk, engage in water quality monitoring and litter collection, and survey seagrass beds for the many critters that call these habitats home.
All of the data that STEM Literacy Project participants collect is added to the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System’s Citizen Science Database.
During the 2018-2019 school year, 2,800 Tampa Bay area fifth graders attended our STEM Literacy Project at no cost to their families or schools; 100% of participating schools improved their environmental and STEM knowledge by attending their field trip.
As many as 90% of students used this new knowledge to help them on a test at school.
In addition to STEM education and inspiration, students and teachers received a Nature’s Academy reusable water bottle, eliminating the use of over 8,000 single-use plastic ones. They paid it forward by collecting over 155 pounds from local beaches.
In a continued celebration of our participant’s achievements, Nature’s Academy is debuting a seventh grade program, STEMing the Tide of Microplastics. Local middle school students will be surveying for microplastics in the Sarasota Bay and brainstorming solutions to stop the spread of this new pollutant.
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