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 the environment, water quality, natural science and mathematics
  • Collaborate in 4-7 person teams to collect data in order to analyze the health of the water bodies, determine the possible man-made and/or naturally occurring factors that are impacting those ecosystems, and possible solutions
  • Apply these skills to real life situations as you make observations, form hypotheses, gather data and form conclusions
  • Perform experiments on various water bodies to determine water quality including pH, salinity, nitrate and/or phosphate concentrations
  • Find connections to man-made and natural impacts to water quality
  • Explore careers in the fields of environmental science, mathematics and education


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 Reserve
June 5 - 9, 2017
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Lunch is provided


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 $35 stipend. There is no cost for participation in the program thanks to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Northeastern State University, and partnership agreement with Rogers County Conservation District outdoor classroom.


Parents are encouraged to participate in a parent orientation and a student presentation during the Academy. All activities are supervised and safety emphasized.


The STEM Summer Academy is conducted by three key personnel: