In keeping with the NAE Global Action Plan, a project called World Perspective Solutions was started last year to target key areas of climate education through research, awareness, and action. This past Friday January 28th, 2022, the founding members of this project presented their research on harmful algae bloom at the EarthEcho Academy Program held at the Brevard County Zoo.
The EarthEcho Academy Program was founded by Jaques Cousteau's grandson, Philipp Cousteau. Their mission is to help bring young people into the work of ocean conservation through a combination of direct youth activities as well as by training teachers on the impact of plastics.
In attendance were teachers from all over the state of Florida. The students in attendence included Brandon Doggett, Margarita Guzman, Sophie Jackson, and Reilly Hollern. The students were able to share their work and gain collaborative interest from other schools around the state.
The group won first place in EarthEcho’s OurEcho competition in 2021 with their project: Algae Biofiltration. They used a series of clay substrates to increase the population of beneficial algae that would feed on the nutrition source of harmful algae, thus driving down its population.
The students hope that they can partner with other schools in Florida to have them implement their invention to help with algae in other areas.
The official news article by Spectrum News about the event can be found here. Or follow WPS's World Perspective Solutions on instagram @wps_project2020 for every step of their journey.
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