San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
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Summer Merit Camp and Environmental Communication Week: Targeted Approaches to Environmental Engineering EducationABSTRACT:This paper discusses the targeted approaches to promote environmental education amonguniversity and high school students. Effectiveness of two targeted approaches, such as a fourweek paid summer camp for high school junior and senior students and an environmentalcommunication week, in promoting environmental education is presented. For summer camp,high school seniors and juniors were selected based on their proficiency in mathematics andsciences. The environmental communication activities were targeted towards general universitystudents and mainly consisted of series of environmental education related talks from experts inrelated fields. The environmental communication week was a cross-collaborative environmentaleducation project involving lectures and interactive activities highlighting the importance ofgreen initiatives on college and university campuses. While the student selection for the summercamp was merit based and as such was restricted to selected few meritorious students, theparticipation in environmental communication week was open to all university students and assuch nearly 300 students, faculty, staff, and community members participated in it. Summercamp students participated in various field activities, laboratory demonstrations and classroomdiscussion. At the conclusion of the camp, students demonstrated their understanding ofenvironmental engineering education through poster presentations. The targeted approaches toenvironmental education were productive in promoting environmental awareness and in overallappreciation of the environmental education. Some of the summer campers chose environmentaleducation related projects for their school projects while the environmental communication weekwas successful in enhancing environmental awareness among the university students."I am eligible for the Environmental Engineering Division Early Faculty Grant."
Kurwadkar, S. T., & Marble, D. K., & Edwards, J. T. (2012, June), Summer Merit Camp and Environmental Communication Week: Targeted Approaches to Environmental Engineering Education Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/21970
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