Allison Bogart

Using data collection and programming to repair the local watershed

2020 STEM Scholar
Lake Isabella, CA Woodrow Wallace Middle School

Allison’s Big Idea:  Allison’s students will learn about the health of their local watershed and create presentations on how to repair areas affected by human activity. Along with classroom learning about the local watershed, Allison will take her students to the nearby lake and river to collect and analyze data to determine the health of the local ecosystem. Students will then use computer programming to have micro:bits record human activity in unhealthy areas. Allison will then assign students to not only come up with ways to help the local watershed but to create posters, videos and presentations for their community.

Allison wants to empower her students to be problem solvers. Her project calls for them to use science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to find the root of a problem and propose a solution. 

Interesting Facts:  While Allison teaches 7th and 8th grade science, her husband teaches middle school PE. They have a son in middle school. Because the whole family has the same schedule, they like to spend their summers in their pop-up trailer on extended camping trips.

In her own words: "Students need to become problem solvers by solving real problems that affect their lives….Empowering students to save their own community, will in turn empower students to save the world.”