E-STEM

It’s no secret that good environmental education is interdisciplinary, hands-on, and relates to the real world. Perhaps less known, these characteristics also describe the key drivers of STEM-learning (science, technology, engineering, and math), and new research has shown a lack of understanding among youth in the United States today. Working to fill that gap, environmental education has the opportunity to create a pathway for implementing effective and engaging STEM-lessons both in and outside of the classroom.

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  • Fairness and accuracy
  • Depth

I have seen this program grow from a small group of scientists to a global database connecting scientists and classrooms, and now even families! Instructors can request almost any topic and find a scientist to join their classroom for an hour-long conversation directly with participants. This is the easiest way (just a simple form!) to interact with a scientist who is willing to explain complex topics at any level, from kindergarten to adult education, and answer questions about their personal journey as a scientist and their research topics. Skype a Scientist is a unique and memorable experience that helps students to see diverse representation in STEM and learn about cutting edge science from the researchers themselves.

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Skype a Scientist has a database of thousands of scientists and helps them connect with classrooms, families, libraries, scout troops, and more all over the globe!

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  • Fairness and accuracy
  • Depth
  • Emphasis on skills building
  • Action orientation
  • Instructional soundness
  • Usability

Whether you are an educator, a parent, or simply want to know more about environmental education, the Greening STEM Hub offers a collection of tools and resources that support using the environment as context for learning. Visitors can find case studies illustrating the various components of Greening STEM, download the Greening STEM Idea Journal for Educators or skim through a curated collection of Next Generation Science Standards aligned curriculum, lessons, and activities. Greening STEM aligns with all six key characteristics of high-quality EE materials outlined in Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence.

Teacher and students in group study (multiethnic)
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The Greening STEM approach is an adaptable framework for creating a series of integrated and holistic learning activities. The model bridges formal and non-formal approaches to STEM education. Greening STEM combines collaborative partnerships, real-world environmental challenges, and the best practices of place-based, three-dimensional, project-based, and community-based instructional strategies.

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Website, Classroom, Activity, Lesson Plan, Media, Video