Cooperstown Inspires the Next Generation of Environmental Scientists and Engineers
Cooperstown Environmental was pleased to have been invited for the fourth 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 Isaac Anderson, Project Manager at Cooperstown and former Chair of the LSPA’s Technical Practices Committee, and Eric Andrews, recent college graduate and Project Engineer at Cooperstown. Eric and Isaac spoke with students at the MS² event about the opportunities available to them in the field of Environmental Science. Students were most interested in hearing what entry level personnel can expect in terms of day-to-day operations, and what it takes to become a Licensed Site Professional.
The Cooperstown duo brought with them equipment that is commonly used in the environmental field to encourage the engagement of students and to provide them with interactive learning opportunities. Some of the equipment that students were provided access to included surveying equipment, Bluetooth enabled groundwater quality monitoring devices, and photoionization detectors (PIDs). A PID is a portable vapor and gas detector that is used to determine concentrations of various organic compounds to, among other uses, promote health and safety during site operations. 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 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.