2022  Summer 

 Environmental Interns 2022

Environmental Interns is a high school program sponsored by the Math Science Nucleus and funded by Lam Research Foundation and Alameda County Flood control and Water Conservation District.   Students learn the science behind the environment and they actually get to work on restoration projects.  Projects included Masonic Home Reforestation Project,  Mission Creek, Stivers Lagoon, California Nursery Historical Park, and Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon. Students will learn skills on how to help with local restoration. The focus of this year will learn basic skills and to help design a research project at Alameda Creek in Sunol  Hopefully the Alameda Creek Watershed Center will be open for more extensive studies.  

 SUMMER 2022

The entire internship is 48 hours which includes learning chemical analysis, microscopy, rocks, archaeology, and lots more.  You will probably know all the native plants by end of class and how they are important in the habitat.

We will meet at different locations on Wed and Friday from 9am -3 pm  with ˝ hour for lunch.  We will meet at Tule Ponds for the first few sessions and then a day at Masonic Home, Stivers Lagoon, Sabercat Creek, and Sunol.  Locations will be confirmed by first meeting.  There will be 4 weeks, June 22,24,29; July 1,6, 8,13 and 15. 

June 22, Wed  Location: Tule Ponds  
Introduction, Basic Restoration, History of Tule Ponds, Native vs Non Native plants;  Project: planning how to plant trees and design trail, and team work.
June 24, Fri  Location: Tule Ponds
Chemistry Basics – Location and plant identification (please bring cell phone) Project: planting seedlings, work on trail area
June 29, Wed   Location: Stivers Lagoon (parents drop off; pick up Tule Ponds)
Tree care for Reforestation, what shall we do in this area  (Activism)
July 1,  Fri, Location: Tule Ponds
Microorganism  - Collecting data, sampling for microorganisms Spectrophometer, pH, probes  ; Project: taking photos of wildlife and plants  
July 6,  Wed, Location: Masonic Home, Union City (Drop off at Masonic and pick up at Masonic)  Composting, reforestation 
July  8, Fri    Location: Sunol Water Temple 
Importance of Alameda Creek Watershed, what happens when you find bones of an ancient society
July 13, Wed  Location:  Tule Ponds 
Sampling techniques, data, what does it all mean
July 15,  Fri   Location: Children’s Natural History Museum;  Climate Change, what do fossils tell us about changing environment


Coordinator:  Dr. Joyce Blueford, Geologist

Overview of Program: Lam Research Foundation and Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District has funded us to continue our Environment Internships sponsored by the Math Science Nucleus.  This year we will teach techniques on monitoring chemicals in the environment and how to evaluate biological systems including species identification.   This year we will be increasing our involvement with the Masonic Home Compost and Reforestation Project and Alameda Creek Watershed Center in Sunol. .   Dr. Joyce Blueford, Geologist will continue as mentor with other key instructors.     

About 10 students will be selected.  To qualify they need to have taken one year of science in high school and need to be a sophomore or higher. Chemistry class is highly recommended.  The entire internship is 48 hours. 

We will concentrate basic studies at Tule Ponds (Fremont), but will visit Masonic Home Reforestation and possible Sunol Water Temple.   Interns will learn about environmental issues in the local area. They will learn how to the analyze water for nutrients and elements using probes and spectrophotometers.  They will learn about soil, composting, and importance in restoration. They will learn different techniques of restoration especially on what tools to use.  Students will learn about how microorganisms can help determine the health of environment, and many other environmental parameters include how humans have changed the environment through time. 


About the Intern Program

 Lam Research Corporation is funding this program so students can explore different fields of science in a lab or outdoor experience.  This is tailored for sophomore to senior high school students.  If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Joyce Blueford at blueford@msnucleus.org


About Lam Research

Lam Research Corporation has been a major supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the worldwide semiconductor industry for more than 30 years.  As the industry transitions from business computer-based applications to feature-rich consumer products, chipmakers are challenged to mass produce highly sophisticated devices.  To keep pace and meet demanding production requirements, semiconductor manufacturers will need to invest in highly versatile and reliable wafer fabrication equipment.  As the market leader in plasma etch and a leading supplier of single-wafer clean products, Lam Research strives to consistently deliver the technical capability and cost-effective performance our customers require.  With corporate headquarters located in Fremont, California, the Company maintains a network of facilities throughout North America, Europe, and Asia to meet the complex and changing needs of its global customer base. 

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