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STEM Education

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.

MeetOurTEAM

Eleanor Carrano: Content Creator and Education Specialist

Tomer Zilbershtein: Development Coordinator

Itai Beaudoin de Roca: Outreach Coordinator

Albert Leonard: Design Specialist

EleanorCARRANOs

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! 

ItaiBeaudoindeRoca

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.

TomerZilbershtein

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.

AlbertLeonard

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.

Project

Breakdown

WHAT we aim to do and

WHY we aim to do it

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STEM Education presents a key resource for battling climate change and education efficacy.

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STEM programs increase a student's likelihood of both entering and completing a college degree program

Education

Our STEM program will be based on a combination of climate, marine and geosciences helping students develop a better understanding of the world around them as well as of the scientific method

Economy

Students will learn about the economic impacts of scientific research, conservation efforts, and technologies employed by researchers around the world

Conservation

Through classroom-based activities, students will take part in the global conservation effort by designing projects based on the content knowledge and skills learned through the program, as well as learn to evaluate the impacts of these projects

Purpose

The program seeks to offer students inspiration to take part in a global effort to preserve our planet through science-based activities, as well as offer them insight into the various careers available to them  in the in STEM science and the conservation fields

Climate Science

Applications:

  • Climate Change Research

  • Habitat and Ecosystem Development

  • Economic Forecasting Based on Environmental Factors

  • Agriculture

With the entire scientific community in consensus over the impacts of human processes on the natural cycle of global warming and cooling, it is imperative that we begin to modify our activities, taking into account long term sustainability. The development of environmentally sustainable practices and technologies are going to make up a considerable portion of the global economy in the coming decades as we make the shift from fossil fuels to clean energy for the majority of our energy needs.

 

With many of the world's economic activities so heavily dependent on the global climate system, we must address rising sea levels, ocean acidification, changes in weather patterns, and melting ice caps, among other things, to protect the population from mass crop failures, desertification, drought, famine, and myriad problems.

Marine Science

Applications:

  • Shark & Ray Research

  • Marine Mammal Education

  • Fisheries Education

  • National Park Researcher

  • Coral Conservation

Nearly ninety percent of the oceans remain unmapped and unobserved. The mysteries of the deep have a rich history of exploration. From learning about deep sea creatures and oceanographic terrain to understanding the effects of wave action on coastal borders, the sea not only holds an abundance of marine life but also of exploratory opportunity.

 

Our oceans serve as a critical source of food and of resources as well as of fun and relaxation. The tourism and fishing industries of many countries rely on healthy waters to support their activities. In order to adopt sustainable ocean practices, we need to understand what goes on in coral reefs, which sustain the livelihoods of over 2 million species, as well as understanding the interplay between the oceans and ourselves.

Geosciences

Applications:

  • Cave Scientist

  • Exotic Animal Researcher

  • Agribusiness

  • Avalanche and Earthquake Monitoring

  • Forestry

  • Energy Production

The geosciences constitute the fields of natural sciences that seek to explain our planet and everything on it. From clouds to caves, from fossils to volcanic eruptions, understanding how all the puzzles fit together to give us our view of the planet is critical for understanding how to maintain that picture. In order to pursue field research, scientists must travel the world in search of biological and geological abnormalities, like this hot springs researcher or this cave scientist.

 

There is perhaps no greater opportunity for exploration as there is in the geosciences, and we want to connect students with those possibilities. By giving them the tools to dissect the world around them, and push them to ask questions in an in-depth, hands-on manner, we can prepare these students for fulfilling livelihoods and impactful work.

The Curriculum

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!

Get updates on our GoFundMe page!