4-VA Grant Supports Future Scientists and Patriots at the SEAS 16 Event

Eight hundred elementary and secondary students from local school districts gathered at Mason April 6th for the fifth School Environmental Action

Students prepare their wind turbine for the KidWind competition.

Students prepare their wind turbine for the KidWind competition.

Showcase (SEAS) event. The 4-VA grant sponsored event showcases the students’ environmental science projects, and also hosts the annual KidWind Challenge competition. Students build their own wind turbines and their energy output is measured. The semi finalists travel to James Madison for the competition final.

Lanier Middle School students display their 3-D art projects made with recycled materials.

Lanier Middle School students display their 3-D art projects made with recycled materials.

The grant supports both SEAS and the Dr. Cynthia Smith’s EVPP 490, STEM Outreach and Community Engagement, a course shared with James Madison University. Students in the course provided logistical support and served as roving ambassadors for the SEAS event. The event organizer and grant PI is Dr. Cynthia Smith, Assistant Professor of Environmental Science and Policy and Education Director for the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC). Dr. Smith’s Watershed Education program at PEREC recently received a Jack Wood award for Town and Gown relations.

Linda Lane Sheridan is the Deputy Campus Coordinator of the Mason 4-VA program.

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