Ecology Explorers is a community of scientists comprised of university researchers, K-12 students, and their teachers. Through this award-winning outreach program, 2,000 students in 75 schools across the Phoenix metro area conduct scientific research in their own backyards. Students learn about scientific inquiry and the environment while collecting data that contributes to understanding the workings of an urban ecosystem.
The Sustainable Schools program teams graduate and faculty researchers with high school teachers, their students, and school district administrators to help schools become more sustainable. Partnering school districts identify the aspects of sustainability they wish to improve — campus sustainability, community, or curriculum — while graduate researchers, under the supervision of ASU faculty scientists, help teachers and students use scientific methods to assess their sustainability in those areas. Graduate research fellows also provide sustainability training to teachers, career counselors, and community members.
At the National Sustainability Teacher's Academy students learn how sustainability scientists work collaboratively to develop solutions to the complex problems created by growing cities, and how this project- and solutions-based approach to sustainability can be incorporated into a middle school classroom. Learning how to make cities more livable, while focusing on positive, interactive projects and concepts will empower you and your students to be innovative agents of change. The sustainability scientists at ASU will teach how to ground transformative learning processes through the use of curriculum that links knowledge with practice
SCENE links science expertise and resources at Arizona State University with schoolchildren and their teachers, municipalities, and members of the private sector. The program creates native habitat areas in Phoenix area schools, provides teacher training and resource materials, and offers a popular Research Experiences for High School Students program that immerses 10th through 12th grade students in cutting-edge research under the guidance of ASU scientists. Students find out what it takes to be a professional scientist by developing and conducting an original research project using state-of-the art facilities and equipment at ASU. High school juniors and seniors who complete the program receive a small scholarship to the college of their choice.