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The goal of this Research Experience for Teachers supplement is to provide a research, education and professional development experience for 2 high school science teachers from Hillsborough County Public Schools to increase their ability to prepare globally competent college-ready student citizens who help to create sustainable coastal communities. It combines the research focus of our National Science Foundation Partners for International Research Experiences (PIRE) grant (1243510, Trotz is co-PI), which investigates the question, "Can effective, geographically-appropriate, and culturally relevant engineered systems be established that utilize wastewater as a resource for recovery of energy, water, and nutrients?" with the education focus of our Research Experience for Teachers project (1200682, Trotz is PI), entitled "Water Awareness Research and Education" that has brought fifty-two in-service teachers in the Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS) to the University of South Florida since 2012 for a six-week research and professional development experience with faculty in Civil and Environmental Engineering. The PIRE grant helps to build sustainable partnerships in Belize, the United Kingdom, and the Czech Republic. The RET grant helps to build a STEM ecosystem in Tampa through authentic place-based research experiences that promote sustainable coastal communities.  
                  The objectives are: Train 2 in-service teacher participants (RET participants) in authentic field-based research projects that study the food, energy, water, and nutrient nexus in the Placencia Peninsula area of Southern Belize.
Increase global competency of the RET participants through in-person and virtual research and educational experiences in Belize.
Increase global competency of the RET participants through mentorship from faculty and graduate students with extensive international experience.
Create, implement and publicly share an innovative and culturally relevant engineering infused multi- day lesson plan for K-12 that engages students in an authentic science research project based on the food, energy, water, and nutrient nexus in the Placencia Peninsula area of Southern Belize.
Support RET teachers in reflecting on, researching, improving, and sharing curriculum implementation experiences with other educators both locally and globally. Date
3/11/17 Travel to Belize, Grocery Shop, Meet with Lisa Carne
3/12/17 Mangrove Ecology Tour (kayak), Viisit BWS sampling sites and collect more information on land based activities
3/13/17 Meet with SEA, Independence Junior College, Sand Watch curriculum 
3/14/17 Sand Watch study in Placencia
3/15/17 Visit Laughing Bird Caye
3/16/17 Coral restoration on Moho Caye
3/17/17 Coral restoration on Moho Caye (teachers depart Belize)
3/18/17 Coral restoration on Moho Caye
3/19/17 Depart Belize





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