Solutions to 21st century environmental challenges often result from STEM knowledge and skills. Hands-on environmental education projects enrich STEM learning and offer an exciting opportunity to engage more students in STEM. Recognizing the role of the environment as a portal for STEM learning, EE Week's multi-year focus is Greening STEM.
Greening STEM: Surrounded by Science
Science provides the tools we need to better understand the environment. Through the scientific process, we observe, test, analyze and advance our knowledge of the world. With so many fields of scientific study that examine the environment, there are endless connections through Green Science education that directly relate to the forefront of real-world scientific research and discovery. This year, EE Week is excited to explore these connections to help educators find the most effective and engaging ways environmental themes can be used to enrich science education.
Student achievement in STEM is key to fostering a new wave of innovators who can creatively address complex 21st century challenges. Environmental education can provide students with opportunities to engage in meaningful and exciting scientific studies that can spark their interest in STEM and empower them to take part in solutions to local environmental challenges.
Photo Mission: Life on Public Lands
Check out some of the plants, animals and other wild organisms spotted on public lands during EE Week 2015!
In celebration of EE Week's multi-year focus, Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning, EE Week highlights five organizations from around the country that are connecting STEM to the environment in unique and creative ways.
The following toolkits lay out sets of activities and resources in popular environmental topic areas that incorporate elements of STEM. Some activities and resources also include project-based learning, service-learning and citizen science components.
When you register for EE Week, you will join a national network of educators dedicated to increasing the environmental knowledge of K-12 students. You will also receive:
E-mail newsletters with classroom activities, funding resources and professional development opportunities;
Access to an online library of environmental curricula, resources and classroom tools;
Opportunities to promote your school or organization's programs and projects to a national audience of environmental educators;
Access to our series of webinars designed especially for K-12 educators to facilitate teaching and learning about the environment;
Discounts, giveaways and special offers from our partners. Register for details.
Please remember that we ask you to register again each year you wish to participate in EE Week, as it helps us document the growing interest in environmental education. We also want to learn about your plans so that we can help share your story on a national stage.
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NEEF is the nation’s leading organization in lifelong environmental learning, connecting people to knowledge they use to improve the quality of their lives and the health of the planet. NEEF sees a future where by 2022, 300 million Americans actively use environmental knowledge to ensure the well-being of the earth and its people. Learn more at neefusa.org.