Science teacher water event Feb. 4 in San Marcos

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Educators who work with middle school and high school students are invited to an Active Community and Citizen Education for Science and Stewardship, ACCESS, Water Community Science Teacher Workshop Feb. 4 in San Marcos.

People stand on the edge of a tree-lined lake taking water samples

The free workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, 201 San Marcos Springs Drive.

Interested educators can sign up for the San Marcos workshop at https://bit.ly/3wpezmr.

Open to any formal or informal educators throughout the state, the workshop will offer citizens science educational strategies, hands-on outdoor learning opportunities, discussion of local environmental issues, and TEKS-aligned curriculum and toolkits for classrooms.

“Since 2021, our ACCESS Water partnership has offered innovative workshops for educators to harness the powerful tool of Citizen and Community Science for student engagement,” said Kelly Albus, Ph.D., a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist with the Urban Water Innovation and Sustainability Hub, Urban WISH, team at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas.

“We invite teachers and students to participate in a new frontier of science by actively monitoring the air and water in their own communities,” Albus said.

The free ACCESS workshops are jointly funded by the Texas Water Resources Institute, AgriLife Extension and Texas A&M Engineering’s SPARK! program.

Albus said the events feature cutting-edge technology, expert speakers, hands-on activities and ongoing partnerships with research scientists who provide support beyond the workshops.

In 2022, the program trained 42 teachers, impacting more than 6,000 students.

For more information, contact Albus at kelly.albus@ag.tamu.edu.

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