Leading environmental education and youth leadership nonprofit EarthEcho International is bringing 26 U.S.-based middle school teachers from across the country on an exploration of water scarcity in Southern California. Led by explorer and environmental advocate Philippe Cousteau, Jr., EarthEcho Expedition: Water by Design takes place October 23-27, through the support of the Northrop Grumman Foundation. The initiative is part of EarthEcho Expeditions, an annual program that leverages the rich Cousteau legacy of exploration and discovery to bring STEM education alive for today’s 21st Century learners and their educators. Coventry Middle School Educator, Jim Trogdon, was selected from hundreds of applicants nationwide to participate alongside Cousteau and the EarthEcho team on EarthEcho Expedition: Water by Design.
“EarthEcho Expeditions provides educators with the opportunity to bring the frontlines of environmental science and solutions into the classroom through exciting first-hand experiences that they can share with students around the world,” said Philippe Cousteau, Jr., founder of EarthEcho International. “Water quality and scarcity are growing issues for communities worldwide. The resources created through EarthEcho Expedition: Water by Design will help inspire and equip a new generation of environmental champions and problem solvers to create a brighter, more sustainable future starting in their own communities.”
The participating teachers - or EarthEcho Expedition Fellows - will learn first hand from scientists and engineers in Southern California by examining how urban communities are implementing community resilience practices to better manage water resources. Water by Design will explore issues of water management and scarcity as they relate to the impacts of the ongoing drought on both human health and development and natural coastal and ocean systems. Expedition Fellows will experience on-site production of video resources and participate in collaborative curriculum development of adventure-based STEM learning modules. These modules will introduce students across the world to the innovative engineering and technology solutions being implemented to conserve water resources. During 2018, the EarthEcho Expedition: Water by Design modules created by these teachers for middle school classrooms will be distributed digitally to schools across the world at no charge.
EarthEcho Expedition: Water by Design Expedition Fellows will explore a broad range of water-related issues and solutions including the following:
· Exploration of the water supply that provides water for the more than 10 million Los Angeles county residents with the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power
· Examination of the innovative technology used to predict water resource availability with NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory and Jet Propulsion Laboratory
· Understanding the process of desalinization at the West Basin Water Education Center to explore how to safely and effectively use ocean water to supplement the regional water supply
· Visiting one of the largest aquaponics farms in the U.S. to understand how this innovative farming practice can reduce water resource consumption.
The EarthEcho Expedition: Water by Design Expedition Fellows bring diverse experiences and a passion for sharing STEM learning with their students. A full list of the 2017 Fellows and the schools they represent can be found at the end of this press release. You can also learn more about these remarkable teachers by visiting the EarthEcho website.
“We are thrilled to support teachers for the 2017 EarthEcho expedition in Southern California,” said Sandra Evers-Manly, Northrop Grumman’s vice president of global corporate responsibility, and president, the Northrop Grumman Foundation. “This is a unique opportunity for middle school teachers to experience an expedition first hand and bring the topic of water scarcity and the innovative engineering and technology solutions addressing the issue back into their classrooms. This initiative is closely tied to the company’s commitment to supporting environmental awareness and stewardship and we are proud to partner with EarthEcho to bring this opportunity to life.”