Our Under the Sea week was created to expose our girls to the world of water on a global and local scale. As a part of our Under the Sea week, guest Bekkah Marshall presented a talk and hands on testing experience to highlight water quality and water testing. Bekkah Marshall is an experienced Environmental Scientist and Environmental Educator. She shared both her academic and work experiences. She talked about her study of water in the lab and out in the wild during her time in college. They learned that environmental scientist can work in all types of locations around the world. Our girls were challenged to think about global water issues and girls involvement in fetching water in impoverished countries. They learned, girls in impoverished countries may travel miles to fetch all-purpose water from rivers causing them to miss school. This was a topic that really impacted our girls. Bekkah also talked about conducting water test from a boat in Tampa Bay. Lastly our girls participated in a hands on water testing experience. They had many questions and creative ideas to make water cleaner for all. Water lessons were taken from the World Water Monitoring Challenge program, a global movement urging public water awareness and testing. With test kits in hand our girls learned about pH, dissolved oxygen and turbidity. Importantly they realized how these factors impact water quality from oceans to local water bodies.
We know that if we want a better planet, we have to teach our girls about it. We thank all the volunteers who helped with Under the Sea week.
Bekkah continues to volunteer throughout Florida as an educator for female empowerment through environmental science. Her website is www.bekkahmarshall.us and email firstname.lastname@example.org.