The ASEA provides interactive STEM learning opportunities and promotes interest in STEM careers for elementary school, middle school, and high school students throughout Appalachia Ohio. This academy will be funded in collaboration and carried out by a team of professionals in the Voinovich School US DOE EM PORTSfuture Program, Voinovich School Environmental Group and AEP Foundation funds, Ohio University’s Masters of Science of Environmental Studies degree program, and various faculty throughout the Voinovich School and Ohio University. The virtual academy will provide several career tracks in specific substantive areas and will include a blending of seminars, interactive online sessions, hands-on learning activities, and student sharing via their online postings, videos, and social media interaction. The Voinovich School team will leverage our partnerships in the career track areas, and we intend to incorporate Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from the private sector and from national laboratories to serve as instructors and advisors to this effort. This public virtual academy will be available 24/7/365 and can be utilized by teachers, after school groups, summer camps, parents/grandparents/guardians, and students themselves. OU graduate and undergraduate students will be involved in the creation and delivery of the virtual academy.

My Backyard Stream – Appalachian STEM Enrichment Academy

A demonstration by teacher Bekkah Simkovich and Ohio University alum of various water quality equipment used to collect data from your own “backyard” stream. Step-by-step instruction on how to use a conductivity meter, a transparency tube, test strips, exploring aquatic organisms, etc… Data and stream observations can be uploaded to Ohio University’s “My Backyard Stream” and shared publicly across the state.


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