Grant Applications ideas for research or education projects.
Research and educational projects developed to generate data and analysis of informal STEM education programs realted to natural resources and community involvement.
Planting of native trees along a suburban stream within the Chesapeake Bay watershed as an interactive, informal STEM educational opportunity.
Walking Tour of a suburban forest. Each stop will present elements highlighting the impact of trees within the (sub)urban forest. Principles of tree health, environmental contribution and care will be emphasized. Reference materials will be worked into a Fact Sheet.
This Pathways project seeks to (1) test students as informal educators, (2) equip students to carry STEM messages, and (3) educate a hard-to-reach adult population. Students attending school within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, through agreement by officials representing the watershed states and DC, receive ecological STEM education related to Bay quality and stewardship. (OBJECTIVE) Funding will permit between 100 and 200 high school students to attempt informal transmission of STEM knowledge to their parents and/or guardians. (METHODS) This project will employ survey mechanisms to test for improved knowledge of ecological principles and terms by students’ parents and guardians. Should these mechanisms result in the successful transmission of STEM principles to out-of-school adults, future projects would seek to persuade these adults take measurable steps to improve Bay water quality.
Often overlooked or underappreciated the contribution of large, canopy trees to local ecology is impressive. To varying degrees all trees reduce atmospheric carbon, flash flood runoff, and soil erosion while improving neighborhood livability. Every aspect of suburban ecology is affected by the presence of healthy trees. They protect the soil from erosion, mitigate damaging winds, provide food and shelter to many species of wildlife, and produce oxygen. They buffer streams from the most damaging consequences of flooding from suburban construction by reducing runoff and erosion while cooling stream waters with their shade. This project seeks to increase the ecological literacy of the general public, living in or driving through a town (Bethesda) with a population over 60,000. By using common ecological concepts the scope and scale of tree benefits will be made publicly accessible.