Get Green for Blue: Outdoor STEM Investigations Connecting Water to You Commuter

Put on your waders, grab your net and let’s catch those critters! Working in teams, you will learn about water quality through collecting data, analyzing the health of water bodies, and determining possible solutions to water quality problems.

If you enjoy being outdoors and are enthusiastic about water quality and the environment then this academy is for you.

Brochure (pdf)


  • Explore relationships among STEM areas through indoor and outdoor group activities
  • Collaborate in 4-7 person teams to collect data and analyze the health of three water bodies, determine the possible man-made and/or naturally occurring factors that are impacting those ecosystems, and develop possible solutions
  • Apply these skills to real-life situations as your team makes observations, develops hypotheses, gathers data and forms conclusions
  • Acting as scientists, determine water quality by collecting data on the levels of pH, turbidity, dissolved oxygen and temperature
  • Find connections to man-made and natural impacts on water quality
  • Explore careers in the STEM areas


The STEM Summer Academy program is open to students entering the 8th, 9th or 10th grade. Applicants must be residents of Oklahoma, complete an application (pdf) and submit the required documents.

Where & When

Northeastern State University Broken Arrow & Rogers
County Outdoor Education Reserve
June 11 - 14, 2018
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Lunch, snacks & t-shirts are provided at no cost


Students must provide their own daily transportation to and from the Academy. Transportation is provided for field trips.

Academy Expenses

Students who complete the STEM Summer Academy will receive a $25 stipend. There is no cost for participation in the program, thanks to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Northeastern State University, and a partnership with the Rogers County Conservation District Outdoor Education Reserve.


Parents are encouraged to participate in a parent orientation and a group student presentation on the last day of the Academy. All activities are supervised and safety is emphasized.


The STEM Summer Academy is conducted by three key personnel: