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: Engineering a Sustainable World
In 2014, EE Week's theme was Greening STEM: Engineering a Sustainable World. EE Week's 2014 theme explored the application of engineering to sustainable solutions for a healthier planet and healthier people. Environmental education can provide students with opportunities to engage in meaningful and interesting engineering projects that can excite them about STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and empower them to take part in creating solutions to environmental challenges.
By incorporating engineering lessons into other STEM subjects across all grade levels, educators allow students to combine what they've learned in an effort to solve real problems. These lessons and activities encourage students to investigate all of the “making, moving and improving” activities involved in the work of an environmental engineer. The processes carried out in these lessons teach useful correlations, deeper understandings and real world application of skills that students may not usually attribute to the world of engineering.
Greening STEM Innovators
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..