Alice Ferguson Foundation

Accokeek, Maryland

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The staff of environmental educators at the Alice Ferguson Foundation normally engages students through in-person, outdoor learning experiences on the foundation’s historic farm and surrounding area. During the current pandemic
and to keep students safe, lessons with the students must be done online. A key measurement that students can take involves macroinvertebrates and other water creatures. Effective viewing of samples can be done with a digital
microscope and students can see microscope images during on-line live lessons. This grant will supply the microscope and associated equipment to enable on-line student participation in measurements. Students will then be engaged in data analysis and their own research projects. This will also prepare students for the future return to in-person environmental observation.


Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists assists and rewards the implementation of inquiry-based, experiential science education where students do science and contribute to understanding of our environment through recognition and financial reward programs.

Grants range from equipment and supplies for taking environmental measurements to recognition and support for students presenting their research projects and working for pervasive inclusion of student research projects in science teaching. 

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