Western Connecticut State University Professor of Biological and environmental sciences Dr Theodora Pinou operates two programs for area middle and high school students interested in learning more about environmental science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs, and both are currently accepting applications.
find our way: An experiential watershed learning program for middle school children and their families will once again host an environmental stewardship competition for seventh graders. Launched with a grant from The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) which brought students from regional colleges to WCSU to provide a large-scale educational experience focused on water resources and ecosystem biodiversity as part of the NOAA Office of Education‘s Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET), this competition supports NOAA’s mission to manage the local watershed. The application deadline for students interested in the stewardship competition is Friday, April 22. More information and the application form can be found at www.wcsu.edu/stem/stewardship-project/.
For high school students, there is the Summer Watershed Steward Ambassador (SWSA) program, a paid opportunity for Danbury High School students (who are preferably water science juniors). DHS students who want to work outdoors this summer can learn more and apply to www.wcsu.edu/stem/high-school-summer-watershed-steward-ambassador-program/. The deadline is Friday, April 1, and students are strongly encouraged to contact Sebastian Palacio, who is the Peer Mentor and will coordinate the program under his Graduate Scholarship. Students who participate in this program will be trained in watershed science and prepare for AP environmental science.
“This program is intended to provide access to information about careers otherwise not considered by high school students, but has a critical need for talented employees who care about the future of the local environment and water. drinkable,” Pinou said.