“Marcellus Matters” is a multidisciplinary initiative to provide adults in rural Pennsylvania with opportunities to increase their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and engage in scientific inquiry and investigation through the lens of energy resources.
Supported by the National Science Foundation, the project has four complementary activities: Marcellus Community Science Volunteer Program, Marcellus Community Science Network, Marcellus Community-Based Performance, and Marcellus Environmental Planning Workshops. Each is designed to emphasize different interests and learning styles. All are designed to increase participants’ knowledge of science and encourage constructive dialogue about complex and difficult issues.
Although Pennsylvania has an extensive history of resource extraction, the issues faced today present unique challenges. Marcellus Matters addresses the need for a more complete public scientific understanding, which will empower residents to address these issues responsibly within their own communities.