The Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) has secured a $100,000 state grant to expand its educational programs and to benefit research on the Finger Lakes region. The money will help FLI administrators hire a full-time outreach education coordinator, expand the Science on Seneca program to students in grades K-12, run a summer symposium for teachers and hold a regional economical development summit.
The education coordinator will work with school groups, conduct teacher training on ways to enhance curriculum with science and technology, coordinate activities that apply to the institute’s research, and also work with undergraduate and graduate students who are working to be science educators, said FLI Director Marion Balyszak, adding that these measures will help develop a child’s intellectual and professional interests early in life.
The Science on Seneca (SOS) program involves more than 500 students from 40 schools across the Finger Lakes region in environmental study. Its goals are to enhance the teaching of environmental science in area high schools, introduce students to environmental field studies using Seneca Lake as a laboratory and expand the Seneca Lake database using long-term monitoring of the lake.
The funding was secured by state Sen. Michael F. Nozzolio, R-54 of Fayette.
The grant and the FLI were featured in a story in the April 24 Finger Lakes Times.