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This virtual mini-series examines our interconnectedness through water and specifically Florida’s water. Inspired by the Smithsonian Institution Water/Ways traveling exhibit, Palm Beach County School District has partnered with the Scientist in Every Florida School to offer an engaging series of presentations in months of January and February that explore water through different lenses and careers. These events are geared toward grades 3-12 but open to all ages.

For those nearby, you can visit the Water/Ways exhibit at the Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center in Belle Glade, Florida from January 10-February 26, 2022.

Did you know that Florida has the 4th largest economy in the United States and that the top two industries in the state rely heavily upon water? Tourism and Agriculture, the number one and two industries in our state are dependent on this important resource, but many other water-related jobs exist too. Hear from our panelists about how water plays a role in their careers.

Topic: Exploring Water-Related Careers

Speaker Panelists: 

Ann Marie Sorrell, Supervisor of Palm Beach Soil and Water

Ana Carolina Coelho Maran, Chief of District Resiliency at the South Florida Water Management District

Eve Samples, Executive Director for Friends of the Everglades

Ashley Smyth, Assistant Professor and biogeochemist for UF-IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center

Series Schedule:

Jan. 12 –We’re Going to Need a Bigger Boat! Life in the Florida Everglades

Jan. 26 – Small but Mighty! The Role of Microorganisms in the Everglades

Feb. 2 – Exploring Water-Related Careers

Feb. 9 – Water and Life

Feb. 23 – Big Water, Big Benefit: Keeping Lake Okeechobee Healthy


Name: Scientist in Every Florida School

Email: skillingsworth@floridamuseum.ufl.edu

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Name: Palm Beach County School District

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