September 20, 2018

Rocky Mountain Environmental Challenge

Colorado Classrooms Combating Flood Risk

Did you know that flooding is the most costly and common natural hazard in the United States? Together, Earth Force and FEMA Region VIII are championing the Rocky Mountain Environmental Challenge (RMEC), a classroom-based approach to reducing flood risk by equipping communities with the information and resources they need to enhance their mitigation plans and better protect their people and property.

The RMEC collaborates with Colorado public schools to enhance STEM curricula with project-based learning focused on mitigation education. Over the course of the school year, elementary and middle school students are challenged to research local flood risks, devise realistic mitigation methods, and collectively develop one proposal to enter into competition with other school districts. The exciting competition-style approach helps prepare educators to engage students in real-world problem solving and motivate and reward young learners for thinking creatively about how to protect their communities from flooding, America’s most prevalent and pricey natural hazard.

Following a successful debut in Poudre and Estes Park school districts last spring, Earth Force and FEMA Region VIII look forward to expanding the RMEC to additional Colorado communities in the 2018-2019 school year.

For more information, please contact jzakoren@earthforce.org.

 

Current participating community floodplain/stormwater management agencies include:

Interested in upcoming educator professional development or other opportunities to become involved? Contact Justin Zakoren for more information.