A project co-developed by Nanette I. Marcum-Dietrich, Ph.D., is being featured in an online video showcase hosted by the National Science Foundation from May 11-15. Marcum-Dietrich, a 1991 Culver Girls Academy graduate, received an NSF grant to devise a way to teach environmental sustainability to middle school and high school students.
Marcum-Dietrich, an associate professor in the Department of Educational Foundations at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, worked with two other water resources and education specialists, to develop Teaching Environmental Sustainability – Model My Watershed. The web-based application gives teachers a system approach to problem solving through modeling and hands-on activities based on local watershed data and issues.
The project is one of 112 NSF-funded STEM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Math) programs being featured in the showcase. Each video is approximately three minutes and people can vote for their favorite projects. The title of Marcum-Dietrich’s video is Teaching Environmental Sustainability.
The project’s curriculum is designed to empower users to learn about watershed science, explore their local watershed, evaluate local conditions, and design and test solutions to current challenges.
Model My Watershed allows students (and residents) to simulate and visualize storm-water runoff and water quality impacts in their neighborhoods by using professional-grade models and real land-use, soil and topographic data. This enables users to make decisions about their watershed’s health using the same tools and data available to the scientific community.