Riveredge to blend technology with nature

Students, families invited to participate in STEM into Nature program

Area students will learn about career paths in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math during Riveredge Nature Center's technology-based nature series STEM into Nature.
Ozaukee Press Staff

Riveredge Nature Center will introduce a technology-based nature series for students and their families this week called STEM into Nature.

According to Carly Jo Hintz, Riveredge’s educational technology and evaluation specialist, the program will teach students about career paths in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

“We are really excited about STEM into Nature because it’s a way for us, as a nature center, to acknowledge the role that technology plays in our daily lives and how that can be blended with a love of nature,” she said. “The two are not mutually exclusive.”

The series begins Thursday, May 3, when several middle schools will take a field trip to the center. On Friday, approximately 40 homeshool students and their parents will have the opportunity to visit. 

During the program, students will have multiple opportunities to use hands-on technology to learn about the environment. Some of the opportunities include lessons from organizations in Southeast Wisconsin. 

Educators from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Science will help students examine Riveredge’s ponds with an underwater remotely operated vehicle. 

Students from the Milwaukee School of Engineering will explore the nature center’s uniquely engineered system that turns wastewater into clean water, and the Girl Scouts of Southeast Wisconsin will highlight computer coding through animal robotics.

Hintz said Riveredge’s staff members will also show off their technology-based observation tools they use in everyday work.

On Saturday, families, Scout groups and community members are invited for a community day at the nature center. 

The event will take place throughout Riveredge’s sanctuary from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event costs $5 per child or $15 for families with three or more children. Adults receive free admission.

Hintz said pre-registration is encouraged, but walk-in registrations are also welcome. 

For more information and to register, visit www.riveredgenaturecenter.org. 

“Ultimately, this event really aims to amplify all of the amazing work that our partners in Southeast Wisconsin are doing already in STEM-fields, and to expose young people to career choices they may not have thought of that blend a love of both nature and technology,” Hintz said.



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