National Geographic Emerging Explorer Shah Selbe to Talk STEM with Fresno-Area Students

Two-Day Speaking Tour will Focus on Role of Engineering, Technology in Wildlife Conservation

FRESNO, Calif., Sept. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Shah Selbe, engineer, conservation technologist, and National Geographic Emerging Explorer, in partnership with National Geographic Learning (NGL), part of Cengage Learning, will visit with Fresno area studentsSeptember 24-25 as part of a two-day speaking tour.  Selbe will discuss his work in the fields of conservation and bring attention to the major role STEM plays in these efforts.

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Made possible through the work of NGL, Fresno Unified School District, SAM Academy in Sanger, and the Central Valley Science Project. Selbe’s speaking tour will include lunch with administrators, students, parents at SAM Academy in Sanger and a visit to two Fresno Unified High Schools to discuss with students the careers and opportunities available in the fields of STEM. Selbe will also visitCalifornia State University (CSU), Fresno to deliver the presentation “Engineering for Good: Find Your Niche, Help the World” detailing the role of engineering and technology in wildlife conservation efforts.

Shah Selbe is an engineer and conservation technologist who works with communities, NGOs and developing countries to identify and deploy technologies that can help with their greatest conservation challenges. He was recognized for this work by the National Geographic Society’s Emerging Explorers program.

Selbe founded Conservify in order to bring open source technologies into conservation. He is principal investigator for SoarOcean, a project for which he received a grant from the LEX-NG Fund to use low cost conservation drones for coastal monitoring. He is also project engineer/technologist for the Okavango Wilderness Project, an ambitious effort supported by National Geographic to create an open source environmental monitoring mesh network to monitor Botswana’s pristine Okavango Delta.

NGL sponsored events, such as this speaking tour, provide an opportunity to engage students and bring the world of science into the classroom. Through this program, students have the ability to apply their lessons to real world situations and meet the explorers they learn about in the classroom.

National Geographic Emerging Explorer, Shah Selbe, to deliver presentation “Engineering for Good: Find Your Niche, Help the World” at CSU Fresno. He will also visit with students at Hoover and Sunnyside High Schools to discuss STEM careers and opportunities.

“Engineering for Good: Find Your Niche, Help the World”
Thursday, September 24, 2015
4:30 – 5:30 pm
Kremen School of Education
CSU, Fresno ED 140
2650 E Shaw Ave. Fresno, CA 93710

There will also be a baby gray whale skeleton on exhibit near the Smittcamp Alumni House from 3:30-6:30pm.

Hoover High School
Friday, September 25, 2015
8:15am – 9:45am
5550 N. First St, Fresno, CA 93710

Sunnyside High School
Friday, September 25, 2015
10:45am – 12:15pm
1019 S. Peach Ave, Fresno, CA 93727

National Geographic Learning promotes science education with curriculum that features National Geographic Explorers and scientists. Students are inspired to learn how science applies to solving real-world problems from the Explorers and scientists within the books.

For more information, or to attend the event as a member of the media, contact Madeline Struebing at [email protected].

About Cengage Learning and National Geographic Learning
Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. National Geographic Learning, part of Cengage Learning, is a provider of quality core and supplemental educational materials for the PreK12, adult education and ELT markets. Cengage Learning and National Geographic Learning distribute a variety of content from the National Geographic Society to the academic and library markets worldwide.