SciTEC staff, north Louisiana teachers study marine science at LUMCON
Staff from Louisiana Tech University’s Science and Technology Education Center (SciTEC) and a group of teachers representing schools around north Louisiana recently visited the Louisiana University Marine Consortium (LUMCON) in Cocodrie, La. as part of a year-long experiential STEAM pedagogy course offered through Louisiana Tech’s Office of Professional Education Outreach.Activities at LUMCON were led by Ms. Murt Conover and included taking samples off of the coastline, identifying the species caught, and testing quality and salinity of water. During a marsh walk, participants also had the opportunity to collect, record and analyze data related to the periwinkle snails that inhabit the area. The participating teachers, who represented schools in West Monroe, Ruston, Richwood, Sterlington and Dubach, were selected by their districts and received scholarships from Louisiana Tech. Funding was also made available through a Board of Regents Enhancement grant to support the teachers in bringing their students to explore Louisiana Tech resources including the new fish eye projection system in the Louisiana Tech Planetarium. Applications to participate in next year’s program will be available May 1 through the SciTEC Office. For more information, please contact the SciTEC staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.