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STEM+ x Environmental Science

Welcome to our STEM+ Spotlight blog post! In these short posts, the Lyra team explores and describes the various intersections of STEM applications with other industries, careers, and fields.

Environmental science studies the environment and human systems, looking at its physical, chemical, and biological components. There are many STEM+ careers that are related to environmental science or work with environmental scientists. Therefore, those working in these two fields have similar qualities like curiosity, creativity, adaptability, and attention to detail.

There are so many STEM techniques that are commonly used in environmental science. Some of them include data analysis, chemical analysis, and computer Al modeling. A famous practical STEM application in this field is called Geographic Information Systems (GIS). GIS is a powerful tool that helps environmental scientists monitor the quality of air, something that affects our day-to-day lives. Without the use of GIS, air pollutants can cause many health problems to those in our communities. Another technique called remote sensing uses satellites and other senses to collect data and determine the effect of climate change on the environment.

As Earth’s climate changes, there is an increasing demand for people to work in careers that fall into the intersection of STEM and environmental science. People like environmental engineers, renewable energy specialists, environmental chemists, and climate scientists all work toward learning about and making impactful changes to better the current state of the environment.

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Lyra plans to integrate Environmental Science as a crucial topic for our STEM+ Kit curriculum, where we will explore STEM+ careers that are being changed by environmental techniques:

“In a world where climate change affects everyone’s daily activities, environmental scientists are part of the future of maintaining life on Earth. Join Lyra in discussing the effects of climate change and what you can do to help!”

Thank you to Neelaza Dahal for the graphics on this topic! Join us for additional mini blog posts for our STEM+ Spotlight. Check out our previous post where the Lyra team explores the intersection of Criminal Justice and the STEM+ field, and stay tuned for our next STEM+ Spotlight!

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