By Hanna Quinn ’16 ChE
In January 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $1 million grant to Villanova University to study urban stormwater management in Philadelphia. Post-doc Kim DiGiovanni, PhD, and Civil Engineering Associate Professor Bridget Wadzuk, PhD, members of the Villanova Urban Stormwater Partnership (VUSP), hosted a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Day as a part of this grant. On Friday, July 31, 35 children ages 5 to 12 came to Villanova’s campus for a day filled with activities related to water resources and civil engineering.
The STEM Day participants were from the Roosevelt Park Playground location of the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation REACH Summer Camp program. REACH includes Villanova in its mission to promote an appreciation for the environment and outdoors through wellness services. In addition to STEM Day, Villanova runs monthly STEM activities with the REACH after-school program.