James DeGroff

Purpose of Internship As the modern era continues on, the world water crisis is slowly unfolding. Earth’s sources of fresh water are unsustainably being used through practices that are damaging to our ecosystems. The point of this internship is to educate ourselves as well as others through programs such as Igniting Streams of Learning in Science (ISLS). Committing to service learning, we can aid in creating a model for this generation and future generations to be mindful in water conservation practices. Creation and maintenance of wetlands will also provide an ecological model for the present and the future generations while providing a service to the ecosystem. Core Components
  • Education
    • Teach students the importance of environmentally sound and sustainable methods to protect the environment and stress the importance of watersheds.
  • Construction
    • Creation and maintenance of wetlands as models for how wetlands ought to be as well as provide an ecological service to the environment.
  • Personal Growth
    • Developing of valuable skills that can be applied to many career fields
  • Technology
    • Use of technology to help educate
      • QR Codes at Field Station
      • Samsung Galaxy Tablet 2
Job Description
  1. Pick up where last group ended or prioritize projects (variable)
  2. Pre-Institute for ISLS to be trained as a near peer mentor
  3. Institute for ISLS; assume role of near peer mentor to bridge the gap between teachers and students
  4. Construct Learning Object for assigned high school and facilitate progress of it being implemented within the school (stay in touch with students!)
  5. Compile and use data to show the importance of ISLS
  6. Maintaining of Hiram Gardens around campus to serve as green models
  7. Design and maintain wetlands of the James H. Barrow Field Station of Hiram College
  8. Design website for outreach purposes
Skills Developed
  1. Critical Thinking - Being able to think outside the box and apply ideas to arrive at a solution to solve a (potentially) complex problem
  2. Time Management - Planning ahead to get the most done with a certain amount of hours in a day and in the internship
  3. Interpersonal Skills - development of oral and written communication that is effective
  4. Observational Skills - use of all five senses to gather data beyond the norm and apply it

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