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Rainy Days Preferred for New Environmental Science Project

 The Frederick News-Post

December 16, 2016


Walkersville High School students are taking science class outside in 2017.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training Program awarded Hood College a $214,000 grant to help high school students study the impact of urban environments on local streams.

“The goal is to support environmental literacy, broadly,” said Bronwen Rice, NOAA’s B-WET national coordinator.

The grant will fund a three-year pilot program at Frederick County public high schools with students in foundations of technology and environmental science classes.

Walkersville High School will spearhead the project as the first school in the pilot, said Drew Ferrier, director of the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies. The center, based at Hood College, applied for the grant.

Students in the Foundations of Technology class, run by Kimberly Fogle, will construct temperature logging devices designed by Hood’s computer science department during their January 2017 classes. Students will waterproof and test the devices before handing them over to the environmental science students, run by Susan Faibisch.