Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the inability to meet in person raises the question – “How will students pursue extracurricular interests?” The clubs and programs that meet outside-of-school fosters a connection between students and real-world careers. An individual’s involvement in civic engagement will place that student higher on a list when it comes to college applications. Penguins International aims to expand our educational programs that focus on wildlife conservation and fosters environmental leadership.
Penguins International Youth Conservation Programs are designed to showcase STEM career paths related to penguins such as: zoologists, engineers, scientific illustrators, ethologists, veterinarians, microbiologists, GIS analysts, and remote sensing specialists to name a few. Showcasing STEM careers highlights that anyone can be a scientist and not all scientists are in a lab coat conducting experiments. Traditional field trips and after school clubs have changed for learners due to this pandemic. At Penguins International we would like to bring our informal learning expertise and STEM career connections to meet students where they are during this pandemic and inspire the next generation of penguin lovers.
We are seeking 50 donors to support our programming with a commitment of $1,000 each. That donation will help us run our virtual education workshops during the school year. We are also looking at reaching learners beyond digital platforms with accessibility to penguin education in low income areas.