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Media event: GM awards Carnegie's BioEYES environmental education grant
Date:9/8/2014

Baltimore, MD--The General Motors Corporation is presenting a $5,000.00 award to Carnegie's BioEYES K-12 educational program on September 11, 2014, to deliver a two-week environmental curriculum, Your Watershed, Your Backyard. The program, established in 2008, is one of several BioEYES programs using live zebrafish in a hands-on approach to learning and focuses on local watersheds, pollution, and the Chesapeake Bay. The event includes other awardees and elected officials and will start at 11: 45 AM, at GM's Baltimore Operations, 10301 Philadelphia Rd., White March, MD. Plant tours will follow.

Your Watershed, Your Backyard teaches students about their local streams so that they understand what they can do to help clean up the Chesapeake Bay. The program engages the students with the natural environment, instilling a connection and desire to care for it. Ninety middle school students from Baltimore City Public Schools will benefit from the award. Overall, 500 students from 8 schools participate per year.

"Many of our students have never been in the woods until they go through this program," remarked Steven Farber, a Principal Investigator at the Carnegie Institution and cofounder of BioEYES. "They are excited to learn about ecology and biology outside of the traditional classroom setting. Excitement of discovery is the first step toward a career in the life sciences."

The GM core support includes costs for classroom and field supplies, training for classroom teachers, travel to and from schools and field trips, and the educator's salary. Earth Force coordinates GM's GREEN program and the partnership with BioEYES. Additional partners include Trout Unlimited, Blue Water Baltimore, and The Parks & People Foundation. The Chesapeake Bay Trust is also a big supporter of Your Watershed, Your Backyard.


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Contact: Chandra Harvey
harvey@ciwemb.edu
410-246-3004
Carnegie Institution
Source:Eurekalert  

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