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UOG hosts STEM expo

Posted: Jul 06, 2018 5:22 PM Updated:

School may be out for summer, but the University of Guam is still doing its part to educate the island's youth. On Friday, the university hosted a STEM and Sustainability Expo at their Mangilao campus.  

Throughout the summer, UOG has been hosting both high school and undergraduate students to participate in environmental and marine science research experiences.

Expo Coordinator, Dr. Austin Shelton, "We're working on doing coral research, food security research by doing planting and agriculture projects. We also have water shed restoration projects to control erosion and to improve the health of downstream coral reefs and so we have seven different outreach tables around us here today in the atrium of the School of Business and Public Administration where the students are talking about all these different topics."

Topics ranging from creating your own plants through basil and sunflowers to coral reef-safe sunscreens.  

19 year-old Biology major Jordan Barcinas said, "I'm a part of the UOG EPSCoR Program and the INCLUDES and what we're doing right now is some outreach and we're trying to raise awareness to the public about reef safety and coral significance on the island. It's very important for the youth to engage in sustainable practices as well especially for the island's economy and for its well-being."

The expo and UOG's summer research experiences were made possible through grants from the National Science Association.

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