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We will educate various audiences regarding the serious issues captive cetaceans face in marine parks and swim-with-dolphin programs through an educational booth at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival. Students will craft and sell marine-themed contributions to fundraise for the Whale Sanctuary Project, which will offer the world's first model seaside sanctuary for cold-water orcas, belugas and dolphins released from captivity.
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Indialantic STEM classes could use the shade house to observe plant growth, etc., while learning more about our local ecosystem. I feel it is important for younger students to understand more about the problems that face the Indian River Lagoon, and to also feel like they can make a difference. This project would engage your students, and afford them the opportunity to interact with high school-aged volunteers that are eager to be positive role-models.
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We will conduct research and an action plan for invasive species.
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This story will make information about sea turtles more accessible for children. We hope to share this story with the elementary school in our district. This will also be an opportunity for us to learn more about sea turtles.
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My project will educate kindergarteners to 2nd graders about the environment. I plan to achieve this by reading out loud books about topics such as climate change, endangered animals, etc. This will take place at a public library. At the end, we will do a activity to help the environment. Hopefully by the end of the session, kids will understand what we need to do for our planet.
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We would like to educate and inspire San Diego citizens to keep our city clean and green. We will facilitate and participate in beach and park clean-ups. To educate our citizens, we will take part in fairs and local events to share our enthusiasm. To inspire citizens, we offer networking opportunities and support for each other in this endeavor.
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Our approach to these problems will involve both research and action. We will research plants appropriate to our soil type and climate. We will weed out invasive plants, then we will purchase and plant environmentally appropriate plants and care for them as they acclimate to the environment. Each student will be responsible for a specific plant or small garden section. To judge our success, we will observe and record data on the growth of individual plants. We will also keep a running wildlife census with twice daily recordings of insects, butterflies and birds observed in the vicinity of the planting areas. Students will research the connection between the wildlife observed and the particular item in the garden that is attracting it. This should be evidence that our planting has been successful. We will also be taking temperature readings of ground near the plants and contrasting it with unplanted areas to see if we have been successful in cooling the campus environment.
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My students will fly to Tampa, Florida for a 5-day aquatic science STEM tour to debunk all odds against them. Sixteen of our middle schools scholars will embark on an once-in-a-lifetime adventure through WorldStrides “Habitat H2O” 5-day Tampa, Florida tour. This trip will achieve the purpose of exposing students to one of the aquatic biomes examined in their STEM coursework. During this 5-day adventure, students will have the opportunity to interact with other US middle school students enrolled with WorldStrides as they fly to Tampa; snorkel with the Manatees in the Crystal River; explore endemic species at Homosassa Springs State Wildlife Park; and participate in shark dissections at Fort DeSoto. Selected scholars are well on their way to a path of academic success, making this trip a wonderful opportunity for them to develop their skills to become influential leaders in the community around them. WorldStrides will cover all airfare, lodging, meals, insurance, and excursion costs. This is a remarkable opportunity for my students!
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As homeschoolers, we say the world is our classroom. Sadly, many of our "classrooms" are not cared for. Our group meets at our local beach for environmental science classes, hiking, birding, picnics, swimming, and other fun activities. We always find so much trash on the beach and I want to organize something that will help clean it up. A major concern I have is all the plastic that is left behind or washes up from other places. I've done a lot of research on this that I’ve shared on my Facebook page, C.A.R.E., Community for Animal Respect and Education. Things like balloons and plastic straws are very lethal to sea life and humans. From choking hazards to plastics leaching chemicals into our water. People need to be more responsible. If we receive a grant, we will utilize it to purchase materials for the clean-up including biodegradable protective gloves, recyclable garbage bags, rakes, and special boxes for sharp objects (only an adult will be allowed to pick up hazardous materials and safely dispose of) and other clean-up materials. There are a few hundred followers in my C.A.R.E. group through social media, but we have several hundred active families in our homeschool group. By cleaning up the beach a bunch of times, we’ll be able to get many people involved. When other beach goers see us doing the clean-ups, hopefully that will encourage them to also help keep our beaches clean. During each beach clean-up, we will record the type (for example plastic, glass, metal, etc.) and amount of trash. Our group will be split up into smaller groups and each group will have certain areas of the beach to clean-up. Some people will help with trash collection and one from each group will record the information. There will be at least one adult to guide and help each team. Every few weeks, we will return to the beaches and repeat the same process of recording the litter and cleaning it up. Hopefully, we will see a reduction in litter by using our data.
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Students will engage in three interactive powerpoint presentations which focus on certain endangered or threatened animals and the environment. They will then be given the opportunity to take positive action with guidelines offered to them. They will also have the choice to implement their own bright ideas to help animals and the environment. An example: Research bee and butterfly friendly flowers and having a school fundraiser to buy the seeds. In the spring, students will plant the bee and butterfly friendly flowers in a garden in the schoolyard. They will educate other classes about what they are doing and they will have opportunity to write to the local paper explaining to the community about the garden and how everyone can use natural alternatives to toxic pesticides -- pesticides that not only harm bees, butterflies and other animals, but pesticides that can also harm humans.

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