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Many scientists credit a teacher with helping inspire them to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). A hands-on demonstration or experiment with a connection to real-world challenges can make textbook studies come alive with renewed importance and possibility for students, plus illuminate career paths not previously considered. As EPA celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2020, our agency will be highlighting scientific contributions to public health and environmental protection. Part of this celebration will include our scientists and engineers sharing their scientific knowledge and how EPA science has contributed over the past 50 years to better understand and tackle environmental issues.
EPA researchers are involved in a variety of STEM outreach activities with schools and students of all ages. They share their knowledge at workshops designed for students and visit classrooms, museums, educational fairs, and other venues to connect the public with environmental stewardship and opportunities in environmental science. Some researchers have even created innovative environmental education activities hoping to inspire the next generation of environmental professionals.