We are currently developing a STEM curriculum based on marine, climate, and geosciences that will be made available for all to use completely free. This open-access educational tool will hopefully serve to aid low-income school districts in engaging more students with STEM education. We hope to make this an accessible option for them through the development of a program which uses free or low-cost resources, such as those that can be scavenged on hikes or found in schoolyards. Our curriculum will align itself with common core standards to ensure that there is a direct impact to students' competitiveness when applying for college programs.
We believe that the best way to secure the planet's future is to introduce the next generation to its beauty and give them the necessary tools to combat climate change. We hope to make our program as entertaining as possible so that it may inspire students to pursue a career in conservation utilizing STEM skills and content knowledge.
Eleanor Carrano: Content Creator and Education Specialist
Tomer Zilbershtein: Development Coordinator
Itai Beaudoin de Roca: Outreach Coordinator
Albert Leonard: Design Specialist
My name is Ellie Carrano, and educating the public about environmental science has been a long-time passion of mine. I obtained my B.S. in Biology from the University of Dallas, where I served as Chief Academic editor for the university’s science journal, initiated a litter clean-up program to beautify university-owned woodlands, and was active in the campus chapter of the Beta Beta Beta biological honors society. As a junior, I was honored to fill one of 20 national positions for the Phi Beta Kappa Writing Internship awarded each year. During college, I also held internships with the Birch Aquarium and the Arizona Game and Fish Department. After graduation, I had the opportunity to work for the Institute of Reading Development, teaching students of all ages to analyze and discuss scientific writing.
I am currently working towards a Masters in Geological Sciences at San Diego State University. My research focuses on using ground-penetrating radar to identify tsunamis that strongly impacted ancient coastal civilizations. This summer, I had the privilege of completing fieldwork at the Roman port town of Caesarea Maritima on the Mediterranean coast of Israel.
Although international travel is a love of mine, I also cherish the rural life of my hometown (Ramona, California), where I enjoy boating, raising chickens, riding horses, and being involved in the life of my church and local community. I am truly blessed to be surrounded daily by the wonders of the natural world, and hope to inspire the next generation with this same appreciation!
Itai Beaudoin de Roca grew up in Miami Beach, attending RASG Hebrew Academy as an active member in the community and school. He revitalized Hebrew Academy's engineering club, introducing a project to build prosthetic hands out of 3-D printed parts and was a member of the City of Miami Beach Youth Commission. On the commission he helped raised funds for a youth art exhibit and organize the local March For Our Lives following the Parkland shooting. Itai was also active at his local synagogue helping with services and community events. He now attends New York University, studying mathematics and hopes to pursue graduate study in the STEM field.
As an avid hiker and paddler, I've long been entranced by the sheer beauty of our planet. Nature has been a source of my curiosity for years and had driven me to pursue STEM studies at MAST Academy, a high school STEM program based on the edge of a cove in Virginia Key, Florida. Currently studying Neurobiology and Business Administration at the University of Florida, I help organize the Tangency Foundation's clean up activities and educational presentations in the Gainesville area.
I believe one of the greatest obstacles to education is resource - how can you foster your own curiosity without time, or without validation of your creativity, especially at a young age. That's why I think that the best way to enable students to pursue their academic potential is to nurture their innate desires for entertainment and understanding.
Nature provides both of those values by offering the resources for projects and activities, as well as opportunities for exploration and fascination. If we can just introduce this next generation to the environment properly, we can inspire them to save it and care for it. Hiking along nature trails, paddling down rivers, scuba diving and snorkeling among coral reefs: there is no shortage of experiences to enthrall ourselves and captivate us beyond all belief.
I'm working on this project to help connect school districts with the resources that make the difference in the lives of students like me. If we can help empower students to achieve more while simultaneouslyy preserving the planet, I say that's a real win-win.
My name is Albert Leonard and I am second year pursuing a degree in Philosophy degree at Florida State University. My ultimate goal is to attend medical school and become an Emergency Room surgeon. I believe that the modern world’s environmental unsustainability is one of the biggest issues we face today. That’s why I strive to educate and inform about major environmental issues such as global warming and food waste.
I believe that improving education in STEM fields will help shape our future and prepare the next generation to deal with the inevitable consequences of our unsustainability. Hopefully, through working on this project I'll be able to change that and empower current and future students to be the change the world needs.
WHAT we aim to do and
WHY we aim to do it
STEM Education presents a key resource for battling climate change and education efficacy.
STEM programs increase a student's likelihood of both entering and completing a college degree program
We are proud to say that a generous sponsor has donated their services as a graphic artist to create a series of conservation prints for us to offer, and we will be sharing them with donors to our STEM Curriculum Development campaign!
Here is one of them:
As another thank you to all the donors to our campaign, we will include your name (the name of a loved one, your choice of another person, or you may elect to be kept anonymous) in a special credits page in the curriculum, as well as in an end-credits in the video explainer!