Thanks to the development of affordable, compact, and user-friendly 3D printers, consumer use is booming, particularly in classrooms. 3D printers have become a valuable tool in K-12 classrooms because they inspire creativity and problem-solving by bringing students’ ideas and designs to life. But, as with so many new technologies, there are also unintended safety consequences to consider. Research conducted by Chemical Insights (an Institute of Underwriters Laboratories), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to scientific research, along with researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), found that 3D printers emit ultrafine particles (UFPs) and VOCs during operation. This toolkit will walk you through the research processes, key findings, and health consequences. It also presents best practices for mitigating emissions and maintaining safe and healthy school indoor environments.
Outdoor School for All! Diverse Programming and Outcomes in Oregon is a multi-site, participatory evaluation effort building knowledge about current outdoor school programming and its intended outcomes. The evaluation project and team strive for cultural responsiveness and employ an iterative design-based approach to evaluation. The evaluation report provides findings of a statewide evaluation that occurred in Spring 2019.
New Mexicans and visitors alike, outdoors more often for play and education, we at SFPS have partnered with the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) to distribute over 1000 EKO passes to 4th graders districtwide. The passes are good for our 4th grade families from the day they take them home from school to August 31, 2020. Each pass is worth $80 to the family and can be used multiple times. We expect to collaborate with the SFNF for several more years distributing these passes through our classrooms.
Do you want to do something more for climate change that could create a large positive impact and help your students? Join over 90 campuses in 33 states making a difference in their state. There are crucial energy and climate policies being passed at the state legislative level that will either reduce or exacerbate climate change and ecosystem damage.
Bilingual pilot program funded by National Science Foundation uses text messages to deliver fun, environmental science and math activities for kids and parents based on Emmy Award-winning PBS KIDS series. Research shows the initiative’s positive impact for low-income families, including Spanish speakers (Read the full News Release)
The Nature of Teaching includes formal standards-based curricula and informal activity-based curricula all centered around getting youth outside. The three program areas of the formal curricula include: Wildlife, Health and Wellness, and Food Waste. Each program area provides standards-based lesson plans free as a downloadable PDF. Lesson plans are classroom ready for grades K-12. The Nature of Teaching also oﬀers professional development workshops for teachers focused on science, the environment, and getting students connected with nature. Find the free downloadable lesson plans and assessments at www.purdue.edu/nature
Outdoor School for All! Diverse Programming and Outcomes in Oregon is a participatory evaluation effort building understanding and knowledge about current outdoor school programming and its intended outcomes. This is an ongoing collaborative project of the Outdoor School Program and the Oregon Environmental Literacy Program, with support from the Gray Family Foundation and the Friends of Outdoor School.
Beginning in 2016, key stakeholders, including outdoor school providers, teachers, administrators, students, and others across the state came together to build understanding and knowledge about current outdoor school programming and intended outcomes. We built a common measurement system based on legislative requirements, a wide variety of data sources, existing literature/knowledge base and substantial input from stakeholders. Data gathered in this project are expected to support several elements of the statewide program. These include: legislative reporting requirements (OR-SB 439); community engagement and outreach; diversity, equity and inclusion; program and curriculum development;
professional development and learning; and research, evaluation and assessment.
The attached report details findings from a 2018 pilot study of outdoor schools across the state of Oregon including survey results from students, educators, and providers.
The Youth Teamwork Skills Survey is an evaluation tool to measure team communication skills in a wide range of STEM (including EE) out-of-school time programs. The survey is meant to be used with youth in grades 6 - 12.
NOAA B-WET is a grant program that supports Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) for teachers and students across the USA. NOAA B-WET evaluation’s system was designed to determine to what extent its professional development and student programs are having collective impact by meeting desired outcomes, and to identify MWEE best practices.