This year, our STEM Literacy Project celebrated 10 years of increasing STEM literacy and fostering environmental stewardship for local fifth graders. Nature’s Academy would not have reached this milestone without the investment of our generous financial partners. Last year, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the program $97,000 to further its mission and reach more students. We were able to update our programs with brand-new technology to put the T in STEM!
Our new water quality equipment allowed our students to collect over 160 data points for our Citizen Science Database, an award-winning collaboration between Nature’s Academy, the Galveston Bay Foundation, and the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System. This publicly-accessible database provides monitoring for our backyard waters, inspiring conservation policy.
With support from the EPA and our other financial partners, we impacted over 2,500 students. They gained valuable outdoor STEM experiences while connecting with local habitats found right in their backyard. Join us in giving a very special thank-you to the EPA’s Gulf of Mexico Program for involving more students in this experience at no cost to their families or schools. Stay tuned for the 2019-2020 STEM Literacy Project season and another year of this partnership!