Environmental Science & Technology Practicum

Check back this summer for details on the fall practicum session. For questions, call (206) 443-2925

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

Are you a middle school student interested in environmental science? Check out our Environmental Science Pathways program for students in grades 6-8. Learn more


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