Environmental Science & Technology Practicum
This eight-week program for high school students explores environmental science, clean technology and associated careers. Each session provides in-depth, hands-on investigations in both field and laboratory settings, involving aquatic and terrestrial research and monitoring. The practicum also provides students with direct exposure to high-level professionals who share their cutting-edge work and discuss careers and associated educational pathways in their respective fields. Students receive a certificate of completion to enhance their academic portfolios and college applications.
This innovative practicum provides high school students with:
- Hands-on field and laboratory experience in our state-of-the-art wet lab.
- Survey coursework providing in-depth exposure to various environmental and clean-tech careers.
- Site visits to organizations where cutting-edge clean tech research is being conducted.
- Knowledge of educational pathways that best support careers in environmental science and technology.
- Opportunities to interact with and learn from high-level professionals in these fields.
Past Environmental Science and Technology Practicum Guest Speakers
Dr. Cody Schlenker, novel polymers for solar panels, Department of Chemistry, University of Washington
Dr. Paul McElhany, Ocean Acidification, NOAA
James Barger and Dr. Ellen Letvin, Environmental Innovation Challenge, University of Washington
Karin Bumbaco, Climate in Washington, Office of the Washington state climatologist
Dr. Meade Krosby, Wildlife and climate change adaptation, Department of Biology, University of Washington
Burton Hamner, small-scale hydropower, Hydrovolts
Amanda Bruner, urban runoff/becoming a scientist, Center for Urban Waters
Kit Paulson, urban watersheds, City of Bellevue Watershed Planning Manager
Dede Montgomery, Environmental Health and Safety, OHSU
Dr. Jim Thomson, Tidal energy, University of Washington
Elizabeth Wilmott, community responses to climate change, Climate Solutions
Ash Asad, Green buildings, McKinstry
Sono Hashisaki, Environmental assessment careers, Springwood Associates
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