Teatown Environmental Science Academy
The Teatown Environmental Science Academy (TESA) provides high school students with meaningful hands-on experience with the theories, tools and techniques scientists use to study today’s pressing conservation issues.
Apply to TESA 2019
Applications are due on Friday, March 1, 2019.
Real World Experience
The Teatown Environmental Science Academy (TESA) is an intensive and challenging field-based environmental science research program for high school students. TESA provides invaluable experience for students interested in the environment through exposure to the techniques and technology of environmental scientists and field biologists. Students conduct research in the fields, forests, lakes, and streams of Teatown’s 1,000 acre nature preserve.
The educational curriculum of TESA blurs the distinction between research and teaching by providing students the opportunity to conduct independent work through laboratory exercises and field projects. Individualized attention from leading scientists furthers student development by fostering critical thinking and problem solving. Students in this program receive the knowledge and experience necessary to lead their peers as they develop into the next generation of environmental scientists.
In this course students will:
- Develop meaningful research questions
- Design field studies and experiments
- Collect, analyze, and interpret data
- Present their findings
Each student will also conduct an independent research project and present their findings at a class symposium that will be open to family and friends. Additionally, this program will serve as a jumping off point for the development of the independent research projects many of these students will be conducting during the school year, and will be invaluable to students who wish to pursue environmental sciences in their post-secondary education.
TESA is a fee-based program limited to 12 students who will be accepted on a competitive basis. Fees are $1,900 for members; $2,100 for non-members. Limited scholarship support is available.
Taught by Field Scientists
TESA is taught by scientists and instructors from Teatown and PACE University who study regional environmental issues, conduct research, and have experience in mentoring science research students.
TESA Alumni and Stories
- Three of our Teatown Environmental Science Academy alumni, Kimberly Nicole Badger, Soon il Junko Higashino (students at Ossining High School) and Amar Bhardwaj of the Hong Kong International School, were named semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, the prestigious national high-school science competition.
- Kimberly Nicole Badger’s research project was entitled “Urban Forests Fail to Provide Adequate Habitat for Native Woodpecker Species.” Soon il Junko Higashino’s project was entitled, “Species Richness of Cutaneous Bacteria Varies with Urbanization: Implications of the Effects of Habitat Conditions on Defense Mechanisms of Plethodon cinereus.” Amar’s research project was entitled, “Effects of Invasive Plant Leaf-Litter on a Lake Ecosystem.” Soon il was thereafter named an Intel finalist.
- Two of our alumni from the TESA program participated in the ISWEEP International Science Competition with youth from all over the world in Houston. www.ISWEEEP.org. 385 highly qualified projects from 66 different countries were displayed. Participants enjoyed meeting with with students from different parts of the world while seeing that they are not the only ones committed to finding solutions to the globe’s problems. Both TESA alumni received awards in the Environment category:
- Javiera Morales won a Silver Medal for her project on”The Correlation Between Forest Fragmentation and Invasive Herbaceous Plant Presence in a Deciduous Forest Habitat.”
- Sara Mongno won a Bronze Medal for her project on “The Effects of Leaf Litter from Invasive Species on Water Quality Factors.”
Environmental Factors that Influence Crayfish Populations, Nicholaos Giannopoulos, Dobbs Ferry High School
Effect of Deer Browsing on Regenerating Stumps, Olivia Eng, Westlake High School
Comparison of Duckweed and Marsilea in a low pH Environment, Faris Zeidan, Ossining High School
Invertebrate Abundance and Diversity in a Japanese Stiltgrass (Microstegium Vimineum) Invaded Site, Elijah Turner, Harrison High School
Effect of Santee Crayfish (Procambarus blandingii) on Algae, Siddharth Sengupta, Hong Kong International School
Soil Compaction on Current and Retired Trails at Teatown, Joseph O’Brien, Horace Greeley High School
Pollinator Diversity at Red Clover (Trifolium pratense) and Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), Elena Lowe, Byram Hills High School
Effect of Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) Removal on the Ectomycorrhizal Fungi in a Restored Woodland, Owen Routhier, Hastings High School
Presence of Microplastics in Teatown’s Water Bodies, Asya Surphlis, Dobbs Ferry High School
Diversity and Abundance of Invertebrates in Teatown’s Managed and Unmanaged Meadows, Lucia Rhode, White Plains High School
Artificial vs Natural Construction: A Case Study of the Beaver Ponds in Vernay Lake, Lukas Glist, Pelham Memorial High School
For a printable program-flyer, click here.