Marian University recently received a United Water Community Relations Environmental Grant for $10,000 that will allow K-8th grade students and classes who need financial assistance to attend Marian University’s STEM summer camps and other Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab outreach programs.
“A key focus for us at United Water is to give back to the community where we live and serve,” said Tim Blagsvedt, P.E, Project Manager of United Water Indiana. “We proudly serve the citizens of Indianapolis by providing wastewater collection and treatment services through our client, Citizens Energy Group. Giving back almost $208,000 this year to a diverse group of community-focused organizations, including Marian University and their very important Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab programs, is a natural outgrowth of the service we provide.”
The STEM Summer Camp—an outreach initiative of the School of Education and Exercise Science—utilizes the Marian University Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab to bring science to students in new, different, and fun ways. A different theme each day brings new experiences and excitement as students learn the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and math.
Each week of camp has a different theme: including Exploring Living Things; Chemistry, Physics, and More; and Earth and Space. Of the approximately 300 students who attend one of the three weeks, nearly a third are on free and reduced lunch and need financial support.
“The United Water grant has made a real difference this summer. So many families have been able to register children for the STEM Summer Camps because of the additional financial support provided,” Janice Hicks-Slaughter, director of partnerships and outreach for the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab. “We are also looking forward to using grant funds to help defray EcoLab field trip costs which will provide opportunities for more classes to visit that might otherwise not have had the opportunity to come.”
Throughout the year, Marian University students and faculty use the EcoLab in their classes as a site for hands-on experiences in the natural world. The EcoLab also hosts outstanding science programs for all ages and a comprehensive array of environmental resources for Pre K-12 students and teachers.
All are welcome to visit this nature preserve in the middle of the city.