As part of the Society’s mission to promote the value of scientific exploration and discovery, the Society collaborates with the Welty Environmental Center to provide students from local school districts with opportunities to learn about career options in the fields of science and exploration relating to the Distinguished Explorer Award (DEA) recipient.
To this means, a special educational fund has been established to support the following programs:
- In-school workshops:
More than 30 one-hour in-school workshops at local school districts are held during the two weeks prior to the explorer’s visit. Workshops are designed to familiarize students with the Distinguished Explorer Award recipient and the works they have done in the fields of science and exploration. Each participating school library receives a book authored by the recipient.
- DEA Recipient Lecture:
Each year, more than 1,200 students from local school districts attend a student-inspired lecture by the DEA recipient. The lecture features the recipient’s explorations and includes a question & answer segment.
- Student DEA sponsorship program:
Designed to engage students throughout the Distinguished Explorer Award recipient visit. From attending the high school speech, special seating at the public acceptance lecture, local high school students and Beloit College Students are sponsored to attend a private meet-and-greet reception with the recipient, which includes a book signing and photo ops. Students also attend the celebratory dinner and a chance to interact with community and business leaders.
- Summer Camp:
During summer school break, the Society will support the second annual summer camp, “Big Hill Expedition, a Passport to Adventure” in cooperation with the Welty Environmental Center. During this weeklong camp, students gain insight into how scientists of different disciplines collect information about the world around them.
Students engage in hands-on activities and data collection with a focus on techniques used by wildlife biologists, entomologists, botanists, herpetologists, ecologists, and wetland biologists. Campers take away a deeper understanding of the nature of exploration and what it means to be a scientist making discoveries in the career fields of science and exploration.
Your tax-deductible donation will help to support these educational programs in science and exploration for local students.