Environmental Science - ecological research and analysis

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Environmental Science

Creating STEM Pathways at Detroit's Aquarium

Welcome to Detroit and the Belle Isle Aquarium, where students come to see fish, turtles, and frogs and leave with learning and excitement about what they, too, could be doing in the world of science.  This project starts with teacher professional development to enhance their knowledge of biology and ecology and to help them prepare their classes to benefit the most from their field trip visit.  Aquarium educators (and our education researchers) follow up with classroom visits, and teachers get the opportunity to reinforce lessons with small grants to enhance learning opportunities.  Want t


Virtual Field Trip and Ecology Lesson at the Belle Isle Aquarium

Promoting Student Interest in Science and Science Careers through a Scalable Place-based Environmental Educational Program at a Public Aquarium,” is an NSF project that will work with 90 Detroit Public School Community District (DPSCD) fifth grade teachers in biological STEM areas related to fisheries, wildlife, conservation and aquatic sciences. More than 2,300 fifth grade students from DPSCD are expected to participate in field trips to the Belle Isle Aquarium and follow-up activities.


Urban STEM Stewards: Expanding Career Interests through Citizen-Science with Community Partners

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More than 700 middle and high school students in Southeast Michigan urban schools engage in STEM Learning/Civic Action teams with over 12 teachers and 3 community STEM professional partners to address environmental issues affecting their local communities

The Green Ninja Film Festival

These short films, created by middle school and high school students, are all finalists from the past Green Ninja Film Festivals.



Green Ninja

The Green Ninja is a climate-action superhero who fights global warming by inspiring informed personal action. Join the Green Ninja and a vibrant cast of characters as they make the world a greener, more sustainable place to live.






Preparing Responsive Educators using Place-based Authentic Research in Earth Systems (PREPARES)

Preparing Responsive Educators using Place-based Authentic Research in Earth Systems (PREPARES) seeks to expand, implement, and conduct research on a framework for providing indigenous students with the skills and knowledge needed for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers.


Philly Scientists - Biodiversity Project

The Philly Scientists project is dedicated to developing innovative science curriculum for in-school and out-of-school programs for middle school students in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone. The website contains insight on curriculum development and an example lesson.


Educating students about invasive species

Educating students about invasive species can serve the dual purpose of meeting science content and science and engineering practices requirements for Michigan Science Standards and protecting the Great Lakes from new invasive species.


National Science Foundation - Instructional Materials Development Program

This document presents the final report on the evaluation of the Instructional Materials Development (IMD) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and focuses on issues related to the development, dissemination, adoption, implementation, and impact of new instructional materials. The IMD program evaluates products at each step, from product development to classroom use. Instruments are included for evaluating elementary and secondary school science and mathematics materials for classroom use.


Synergies STEM Interest Questionnaire

The dramatic decline in youth interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) during adolescence, both in the USA and internationally, has been a phenomenon of societal concern for several decades. The Synergies project was launched to help deal with this issue. In this paper, we report findings from the first two years of our longitudinal survey research.