Sea Scouts in Bay Village win First Place in STEM Lesson Plan Contest with Project Plant It!

Award-winning Sea Scouts, Maeve Kilroy, Maeve Galla and Amy Burgy, testing the pH of the soil where the seedlings will be planted.

A local group of Sea Scouts from Bay Village, Ohio, has won FIRST PLACE in the STEM Lesson Plan Contest sponsored by Dominion Energy’s Project Plant It! program to teach youth about the benefits of trees to the environment. The three ninth-grade girls – Maeve Kilroy, Maeve Galla and Amy Burgy – with supervision by their skipper, Richard Gash, created a science lesson plan based on a project to plant redbud tree seedlings on the slope of Cahoon Creek in order to prevent soil erosion and runoff into the creek.

The idea for a STEM lesson plan about how trees can help prevent soil erosion germinated from their Sea Scout activities. The girls often put their sailboats in the water in the area of Cahoon Creek that had been cleared to build a new bridge, leaving the area vulnerable for runoff of pollutants into the creek. In the course of their research on how to protect the creek, the girls learned about the free redbud tree seedlings offered by Project Plant It!, and they registered to get the seedlings to plant along the slope in April. The COVID crisis has delayed planting until the fall. In the meantime, the team received a $200 Walmart gift card from Dominion Energy to purchase supplies for scout projects.

Dominion Energy was very impressed with this STEM lesson plan because it demonstrates how to support environmental sustainability by planting the redbud seedlings strategically in an area that needs special attention.

Sea Scouts is a division of the Boy Scouts of America. The difference is that Boy Scouts go tent camping, whereas Sea Scouts have their adventures on, in or under the water. Project Plant It! was established in 2007 by Dominion Energy to educate students, plant trees and improve the environment. More details can be found at projectplantit.com.

About the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation

More than 7 million customers in 20 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D). Through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as EnergyShare and other programs, Dominion Energy contributed over $48 million in 2019 to community causes. The Foundation supports nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education, and encourage community vitality. Please visit www.DominionEnergy.com to learn more.

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