When everyone was busy packing their bags and heading to the beach for Spring Break, the MSU EcoCAR 2 team was planning an exciting event with the EPA! The Gulf Coast Children’s Fair, held in Biloxi, MS, was a two-day environmental event organized by the Gulf Regional Planning Commission in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Mississippi Department for Environmental Quality (MDEQ).
The purpose of the event was to talk to local elementary students about pollution and the benefits of keeping the air clean. More than 800 third graders from all over the state attended the two-day fair and they learned about cars of the future and alternative energy forms that decrease pollution. Students shared their ideas and had very interesting questions that tested the team’s knowledge, causing them think about certain concepts from a completely different perspective. On the last day, the event opened to the public where hundreds of locals brought their families and friends to learn about cleaning up the air. For more coverage, visit the local WLOX news station website.
It was a great learning experience for all in attendance, including the MSU team. Overall, the Gulf Coast Children’s Fair was a remarkable example of how a big event can come together when a different organizations team up and work together!