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Grant To Educate Students On Aquaculture

07 December 2011

US - SEA Lab (a Programme of the LA Conservation Corps) has received a grant allowing it to develop a hands-on style aquaculture learning programme for school students.

On Thursday, 1 December, Brent Scheiwe, Director of SEA Lab and Bruce Saito, Executive Director of the LA Conservation Corps, accepted a $45,000 grant from the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California at the Crystal Vision Awards Luncheon in Hawthorne.

The grant will be used towards developing a curriculum on Aquaculture to engage elementary school aged students about where seafood comes from and their local marine environment.

The LA Conservation Corps will train 20 inner city youth to lead students on an educational adventure focused on Aquaculture. The programme will engage more than 2000 students in Aquaculture education with hands on learning; students will work with abalone and local fish species to experience aquaculture.

This programme is designed to give a hands-on approach to science, and build upon Math and English and Science principles taught in the classroom. The Aquaculture education programme will stimulate young minds and inspire them to learn more about aquaculture and California marine environments. This two year programme is based at the SEA Lab.

Employees of Boeing in Southern California voluntarily contribute the funds for these grants through personal donations and take an active role in selecting the organisations that receive awards. The grant will be used to support environmental education programmes at SEA Lab.

Brent Scheiwe stated: “I am very pleased to accept this distinguished recognition on behalf of the SEA Lab, a programme of the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. While we are very proud of the work we do, receiving acknowledgment like the Crystal Vision Award is particularly gratifying.

“We are grateful to the Employees Community Fund of Boeing California for their commitment to the community and environment.”

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