Teachers & Students Research to Improve Chesapeake Bay Health in Honeywell Ecosystem Program
July 23, 2014
More than 70 gifted middle school and high school students recently worked alongside top scientists and researchers collecting and analyzing data on the health of the Chesapeake Bay as part of the Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education. The two week summer science and environmental program for students in grades 6 through 10 ran from July 6 to July 19 at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science’s Horn Point Laboratory in Cambridge, Maryland.
The Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education, started in 2010, is coordinated through the Maryland State Department of Education’s Gifted and Talented Summer Center. Its goal is to increase students’ awareness of environment issues in ways that will inspire them to contribute to changes in their community, work with local scientists, influence local politicians and pursue careers in environmental science, math, technology and engineering (STEM) education.
Maryland Delegate Adelaide “Addie” Eckhart, a longtime advocate for education and the environment, praised the 73 students and 15 teachers for their active participation in local conservation efforts. “The Chesapeake Bay is an integral part of our community's well being, and we thank Honeywell for their ongoing commitment to our students, teachers and community,” she said. “By engaging students in the issues and sciences that are of critical importance to our state, the Honeywell Institute for Ecosystems Education program ensures that we have both local and global stewards to safeguard our environment for years to come.”