Cooperstown Continues to Inspire the Next Generation of Environmental Professionals
Cooperstown Environmental was pleased to have been invited for the fifth year in a row to participate in the Mathematics & Science for Minority Students (MS2) career fair held at Phillips Academy. Since 1977, MS2 has been bringing students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to Andover to spend their summers not only studying math and science, but also developing aspirations for their futures. This competitive and rigorous program is free of charge for all students selected.
The contingent from Cooperstown Environmental included Lauren Brown and Eric Andrews, both Project Engineers. Eric and Lauren spoke with students at the MS² event about the opportunities available to them in the field of Environmental Science and Engineering. Students were interested in what sort of classes they should take and what majors to pursue if they wanted to enter the environmental field. Several students had specific concerns about problems they face in their home communities, like global warming, groundwater table depletion and air quality. Cooperstown was pleased to see the student’s genuine interest in the environmental field and to discuss how to use their education to make a difference for their home communities.
The Cooperstown duo brought with them an interactive brownfield diorama displaying how the environmental field is contributing to development and revitalization in and around the Boston area. Students could examine different types of soil borings, test soil gas with a photo ionization detector (PID), and sample ground water with a Geotech peristaltic pump. Cooperstown also brought other personal protective equipment (PPE), including Tyvek suits, respirator masks, and hard hats, for the students to try on. The equipment was generously donated by Palms Environmental of Wilmington, MA.
Cooperstown promoted the LSPA Scholarship Fund to those students who expressed interest in pursuing a degree in the environmental field. The LSPA Scholarship Fund that supports individuals pursuing undergraduate or graduate education in environmental fields in Massachusetts and other New England states. Cooperstown Environmental looks forward to continued collaboration with the LSP Association, and opportunities to promote the personal growth and learning of youth interested in the environment through the Phillips Academy MS² career fair.