MAST Academy kids participate in sea-level rise workshop

MAST students attended a sea level rise workshop May 21 at the Perez Art Museum sponsored by the Miami-Dade County Resiliency office and Henk Ovink was the facilitator.

He is a world renowned engineer and Holland’s water ambassador. He is also appointed to the United Nations and has gone to places around the world, including New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, Los Angeles, Brazil, and Southeast Asia. He conducts workshops dealing with the critical issue of water; either it’s over abundance or scarcity.

The collaborative workshop included architects, engineers, community officials and our MAST students. Groups were tasked with designing innovative ideas based on a set of suggested strategies in dealing with the coming impacts of sea level rise in different parts of our community.

For instance, table nine featured the Coral Gables Ridge. Since that area is higher ground, many residents will migrate towards this community.

Some of the proposed solutions included adding high density housing near the Metrorail, increased last mile transportation such as scooters, creating more tree canopy, and incorporating the Underline urban garden corridor.

The event included local stakeholders from around the county such as architects from the University of Miami, RSMAS students, the city of Miami, NGOs, and more.

It was an exciting, collaborative, and great public problem-solving experience for our kids who will be facing this issue well into their adult years.

The student who attended were Catalina Cabral, Lucia Gil, Nico Mesa-Cucalon, Mateus Noronh, Aidan Wells, Chase LaGro, Carres LaGro, and Colin Drucker.

Michele Drucker

Chair, MAST PTSA Sustainability Committee

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