K-12 Environmental Science Education
Student Science Enrichment
The Energy Literacy, Engagement and Action Program is a week-long summer institute for high school students. During this program students conduct hands-on and minds-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities to examine society’s current use of energy and the technological solutions that will support a low-carbon future.
SELF offers two-week summer field studies and five-week summer research experiences for high school students in Robeson County, NC. Participants engage in hands-on learning opportunities in environmental science, geography and geology both in the lab and in the field. This program emphasizes pathways to geoscience college and career options.
Youth Engaging in the Science of Resilience in Urban and Rural NC (YES-Resilience) is a year-long science enrichment program for high school students conducted in partnership with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Youth will learn about climate change, investigate strategies to address local climate impacts, and contribute to authentic action projects to strengthen their community’s resilience to extreme weather and other climate-related events.
Teacher Professional Development
During this four-day teacher institute, 8th -12th grade science teachers explore and compare several unique coastal ecosystems through inquiry-based, hands-on activities, evaluating human impacts on these systems alongside scientists and expert environmental educators. Teachers gain updated content knowledge and instructional resources designed to foster student learning of watershed science and stimulate awareness of watershed stewardship.
This year-long professional development program showcases current energy science, technologies and careers to enhance Energy Literacy Fellows’ ability to deliver energy-related content, conduct STEM-based activities and promote STEM career opportunities to students. Fellows interact with scientists and industry representatives to receive up-to-date, curriculum-relevant content and engage in hands-on activities designed to support learning about energy.
The Northside OWL Initiative engages elementary teachers from Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools in year-long professional development to develop and improve their skills in teaching science outdoors using interdisciplinary, inquiry based instructional approaches. Tailored curriculum materials aligned with 3rd, 4th and 5th grade science curriculum provide opportunities to integrate content areas while learning in the schoolyard and nearby natural areas.
In partnership with North Carolina State Parks, we lead the Schools in Parks Teacher Collaborative, a year-long professional development program designed to enrich 4th and 5th grade teachers’ knowledge of North Carolina’s ecosystems and geography while enhancing skills in using outdoor science learning approaches on school grounds and during field experiences in state parks to support their curriculum objectives.