Tiger Woods International STEM Studio
By Daryth Morrisey
International teachers are shown the Amigos
education programs from wetland tour to the FLOW program
It’s all about connections! On Saturday, July 21, the Amigos de Bolsa Chica hosted 16 International teachers who were participating in the Tiger Woods International STEM Studio. The 16 countries represented: Ghana, Cuba, Panama, Nigeria, South Africa, Lithuania, Romania, Ukraine, Philippines, Turkmenistan, and Austria. Dr. Kathy Bihr, current Executive Director of the Tiger Woods Learning Center has had a long standing relationship with two Amigos; Jerry Donahue, former President, and Daryth Morrissey, current Vice President. Jerry is a former science teacher and Daryth is a current science/marine biology teacher at Vista View Middle School where Dr. Bihr served as principal. Dr. Bihr was looking for a local “ best practices in STEM” field trip opportunity for the teachers and made the call to the Amigos!
Participants started with a tour of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, which included bird identification and participated in a plankton collection. They then went across the Coast Highway to the Bolsa Chica Visitor Center to participate in the FLOW program—plankton races, water quality analysis and microscopy—as well as see the “Saving the Bolsa Chica Wetlands” film and meet Charles Falzon, current Amigos President and one of the original founding members of the Amigos de Bolsa Chica.
We hope that the experience, as well as the love and passion for the Bolsa Chica will translate into several best practices lessons they can share with their worldwide students!