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Education and Outreach Efforts

The purpose of the ECSC is to educate the next generation of environmental scientists in NOAA-related science disciplines. Our efforts focus on minorities that are under-represented in the STEM disciplines and NOAA-relevant socioeconomic fields, utilizing research as a vehicle to train students. In particular, our aim is to develop their skills in integrated science in support of coastal management, to meet the needs of NOAA in advancing the vision of "Health ecosystems, communities, and economies that are resilient in the face of changes".

The goals for our Education and Outreach efforts are to:

  • Expand the pipeline for under-represented minority students into NOAA-related sciences
  • Facilitate community education and outreach relating to the function and relevance of coastal ecosystems and the services they provide to society

We seek to increase the number of graduates in the STEM areas and socioeconomic disciplines related to marine and environmental stewardship and management that are ready to enter the NOAA (or NOAA related) workforce. To accomplish this, we will establish, maintain and grow a pipeline from K-12 thru graduate school for the production of students trained in NOAA-relevant STEM, social and economic fields, particularly from minorities that are under-represented in these fields.

The ECSC is also actively involved in 'giving back' to the local community. The ECSC strives to provide outreach and community engagement opportunities and form partnerships through various activities. Some of these engagements include:

  • An annual 'Environmentally Aware' poster competitions for elementary and middle schools hosted since 2001
  • FAMU's School of the Environment Summer Camp
  • FAMU's High school science bowl team
  • Students at Sea - a three day research cruise
  • Creighton University's participation and collaboration with the GCE Schoolyard Program - provides in-service training for K-12 educators in field ecology
  • Jackson State's annual research symposium entitled International Symposium on Recent Advances in Environmental Health Research
  • UTB's exhibit at the Gladys Porter Zoo's Oceanarium event that included a marine animal touch tank, plankton observation, and a sea shell challenge activity
  • Delaware State's participation with the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve demonstration to the general public on mist netting and banding of song birds
To read more about these engagements, see our CSC Best Practices on Community Outreach/Engagement.
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