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  • Outreach and Uplift: Brownfields as a Platform for STEM Education

    Thursday, December 12, 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm
    409 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Compared to national averages, brownfield communities have higher rates of poverty, higher rates of minorities and higher rates of the population with less than a high school education. We have learned that brownfield development can be a economic asset to the community but now also recognize that brownfields can be an educational asset. With a focus on middle and high school level STEM outreach, brownfields provide a platform to not only raise awareness about applied STEM fields but to also teach interdisciplinary problem solving skills and contribute to growing interest in citizen science. In this session we will identify existing programs; explore alternatives approach to student and teacher engagement, such as in-school or after-school programs; discuss synergistic partners such as libraries and boys and girls clubs; and assess the interest and potential roles of other stakeholders such as engineers, attorneys, contractors and community development groups.
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