Migrant Education (MEP) Student Armando Tort-Hernandez joined the ranks of presenters at the annual Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA) conference on April 28th at Colby College in Waterville. The theme for the conference was “Cultivating a Culture of Science,” aimed at tackling these questions:
- How can environmental educators bolster society’s appreciation and support for science?
- How does environmental education help strengthen Maine with a robust foundation of science and scientific knowledge?
Tort-Hernandez contributed his research, experience, and passion on the topic of hurricanes and their effects on both human communities and the natural environment. The presentation focused on hurricanes Katrina, Irma, and Maria and the consequences of these storms in the mainland United States and Puerto Rico.
With support from tutor Ed Latham, regional coordinator Juana Rodriguez-Vazquez, fellow MEP students, and his parents, Tort-Hernandez’s presentation was a great success. His personal connection to the topic created an engaging conversation for both youth and adults in attendance. Audience members even approached Tort-Hernandez afterwards to learn more about how their organizations could support recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. Impressively, this was his first time presenting in a public forum. We look forward to hearing more from this hard-working student!