Hey, I’m Rachel Enggasser, and my mission is to spark educational reform through citizen science! I am currently a high school student at Wade Hampton High School and the Fine Arts Center in Greenville, South Carolina. Deeply rooted in the environment and STEM initiatives since I was little, I personally believe there is no better way to foster a love for learning than through hands-on, free-form, self discovery. This mission was manifested through the introduction of a Georgia citizen science initiative, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, into my school. Student volunteers make monthly trips to the Brushy Creek Feeder Stream (which borders the school) to collect water samples for testing. Data is posted to a public database for baseline establishment and chronological progression. This is just one example of what I rally my peers to do- build something that is beneficial to both the world around them, as well as their futures and present relationships with educators and other students.
Collaboration and support of my peers is also something I hold near and dear to my heart. Nothing can happen without people behind it, which is what I hope to facilitate with the establishment of this blog. I will do my best to communicate the citizen science initiatives of my peers, as well as offer suggestions for potential projects to utilize for nontraditional learning beyond the classroom.
More about my history and accomplishments can be found here.