[FT. LAUDERDALE, FL] – The Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS), Broward County’s dynamic hub for dialogue and innovation regarding resiliency and community solutions to the impact of climate change, and AECOM, the world’s trusted infrastructure consulting firm, today announced they have formed a partnership to provide environmentally-focused science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming to local underserved PreK-12 students. Called Everglades Engineer, the initiative will be presented by AECOM utilizing MODS STEMobile museum on wheels. At no cost to recipient schools or organizations.
“AECOM is an outstanding partner committed to collaborating to help provide our STEMobile programming free of charge to the communities within Broward County that are most in need,” …. “This partnership activates MODS’ environmental sustainability pillar. Through fun and relevant project-based STEM learning and career-focused outcomes, we will work with youth to help solve the problems that climate change is putting on the table. Everyone can make a difference now for our environment.” – Joseph P. Cox, president and CEO of MODS.
The Program’s Main Focus
Everglades Engineer brings environmental engineering and design processes to life. Through immersive educational challenges with a focus on sustainability, green design, clean energy, and Florida ecosystems. MODS STEMobile programming travels to local schools in underserved zip codes. It allows students to roll up their sleeves and solve real world challenges. Equipping them with science skills to be empowered learners, critical thinkers, innovative designers, excellent communicators, and problem solvers.
“MODS creates strong, engaging programming to help solve critical issues of today and through this partnership we can deliver a robust learning experience that is not only immersive and entertaining, but helps students understand the very real climate-driven impacts their communities face,”……. “Climate change is happening now. By partnering with MODS, we have the opportunity to educate the next generation, so they become future leaders capable of designing and implementing vital creative solutions that mitigate these impacts.” – Lauren Swan, vice president of resilience and sustainable development with AECOM
In addition to Everglades Engineer, the AECOM partnership helps fund MODS’ EcoExplorers paid internship. A program offered to high school learners interested in environmental education. Students explore through field experiences in the Everglades and at the museum. The partnership also provides volunteer opportunities for AECOM employees to support STEMobile learning.