2015 STEM Costa Rica

costarica1One of the proudest achievements of the EHC STEAM Partnership Program is its annual Teacher Immersion Experience.  Teachers from partner schools have the opportunity each year to apply to spend some quality instructional development time experiencing STEAM in a real world application.  This learning experience is completely funded by the EHC Foundation.

In 2015, a team of 11 teachers traveled to the University of Georgia’s Costa Rica campus and took part in intensive, hands-on activities that focused on biology, environmental science, agriculture, forestry, entomology, botany, and hydrology.  During their week long program, teachers visited the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, studied area streams using macroinvertebrates to predict water quality, participated in a carbon offset program along the Bell Bird Biological Corridor, explored the sustainable practices of the University’s organic farm, discussed the impact of ecotourism on Costa Rica’s economy and learned about the wonders of insect biodiversity, behavior and classification.

The experience empowered teachers with new resources, lessons, and first-hand knowledge to share with their classes, as well as other educators, allowing area students to have a greater understanding of various academic concepts.

 

The following are lessons developed by teachers as a result of their participating in this experience.