In the 2018–19 academic year, the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences (GES) at Appalachian State University — with assistance from over 50 undergraduate students — reached over 5,000 schoolchildren at more than 34 High Country schools and organizations through outreach events.

The department has been awarded five outreach-specific grants ranging from $1,500–$62,000, with a predicted total of $100,000 for the 2019–20 academic year.

Marta Toran, outreach coordinator for the GES department, said the department’s faculty and students hope to strengthen K–12 science education by fostering partnerships with schools, training teachers, involving students, highlighting GES faculty research and advertising the department’s program offerings.

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Originally published July 30, 2019.