Middle & high school programs

We explore how students frame, reason, and make decisions on a wind energy socio-scientific issue (SSI) using Construal Level Theory (CLT) as a lens. Results suggest perceptions of wind energy are related to abstraction of the issue, which has implications for the design of SSI-based curriculum and instruction.

Receive links to newly researched/developed resource-linked climate change concept maps and NGSS weather-climate strand maps. Imagine expanding these metacognitive tools to a collaborative Metacognition Toolbox to assist learning about and acting on "wicked big problems." Bring your favorite thinking tools and contribute to the structure of such a box!

The Wildlife Immersion and Leadership Development (W.I.L.D.) Program provides paid employment for culturally- and economically-diverse teens from under-supported communities in Jacksonville, Florida. Hear from the staff of this award-winning program to find ways to create nature connection, leadership development, and opportunities to promote diversity in EE in your own community.

Mobile and field technologies can enhance outdoor education for digital natives. Presenters will discuss hardware and software considerations of selecting technologies to engage today’s youth in the outdoors. Case study examples will include the Water Quality mobile app and Digital Observation Technology Skills (DOTS) kits.

Director Sylvie Rokab will share clips of the film Love Thy Nature - narrated by Liam Neeson - which takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the beauty of our relationship with nature. She will discuss how her team and partners are igniting a nature-connecting movement in schools and beyond.

Gray infrastructure is hard and angular. Green infrastructure is soft and rounded. Your students can transform gray into green, while learning myriad environmental concepts, life-long civic skills, and the practice of science and engineering. A bonus: improved water quality on your campus.

An urban school builds a tiny home to help solve the homeless crisis. Students learn more than carpentry as they focus on social justice and environmental awareness. We will discuss the benefits and obstacles of the project. Furthermore, we will uncover student achievement academically and increased understanding of environmental justice.

Science Strikes Back kicked off with a mission to broaden participation in science and in our community. With political discourse more polarizing than ever, and the role of science in decision-making under attack, this community-oriented science fair put a youth voice first while upending who it is that does science. Science Strikes Back! is for you – Enter today https://www.sciencestrikesback.com/ We love science at Escuela Verde, and we want to share this love with you! Popular culture often views science as difficult to understand, boring and something that only doctors do. Science Strikes Back! is a community science fair dedicated to shift this vibe by cultivating a community excited to show that everyone can be a scientist - and that science is really fun!

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