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Reaching K-12 students with STEM

posted May 12, 2016, 1:00 PM by Barron Henderson   [ updated May 12, 2016, 4:49 PM ]
UF Environmental Engineers are reaching out to our community to build Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) enthusiasm. We've set up a hands-on experiment with gases, particles, and phase partitioning for K-12! (like this http://science.wonderhowto.com/how-to/create-cloud-bottle-419942/). We've taken this activity to several schools and made an accompanying worksheet about air quality. 

Now a student group, organized by Ph.D. Candidates Yue Hu and David W. Spellman, is taking this experiment and more to schools around Gainesville. A group of students in Environmental Engineering Sciences at UF developed four environmentally-focused STEM activities for K-12. These include modules on recycling, air pollution (see above), the nitrogen cycle and water treatment.  They have visited three schools in spring semester and plan to visit another three in the coming month.  The group has roughly 15 participating students (both undergraduate and graduate).