Educating for Environmental Change (EfEC)

Educating for Environmental Change (EfEC)

Since 2017, Educating for Environmental Change (EfEC) has provided professional development programs to help K-12 science educators effectively teach the science and policy of climate change. Utilizing hands-on activities co-designed by IU environmental scientists, EfEC helps elucidate and deepen educator understanding of key concepts related to climate change including its causes, impacts, and steps we can take to mitigate its severity. EfEC is a collaboration between Indiana University faculty, K-12 educators, and the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health, and Technology. In 2020, EFEC received Indiana’s top environmental award, the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence, for “extraordinary initiatives in protecting the environment.”

This workshop has been mind-blowing, overwhelming (in a good way), and exciting. It has absolutely given me the confidence to teach climate change.

EfEC Participating Teacher, 2020

Fall 2022 One-Day Workshops

In addition to our popular summer science institutes, we are currently offering new one-day, in-person workshops for the 2021-2022 school year on the following topics:

This workshop will present a Climate Engineering Teaching Module co-designed by Indiana University atmospheric scientists and educators for the Educating for Environmental Change (EfEC) program. This module consists of five complete lessons, including engineering activities that encourage creative technological designs that can be used to slow global warming: including in-class experimentation demonstrating the potential cooling effect resulting from brightening marine clouds. The hands-on activities will be supplemented with knowledge about current climate engineering research and how it may help limit the negative impacts of climate change. Each lesson aligns with Indiana state science standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. This workshop is ideal for middle and high school science teachers who already teach climate change topics or who have already attended the EfEC summer science institute.

This workshop will be held at the IU School of Education from 9 am to 3 pm with breakfast starting at 8:30. Participating teachers will be provided with hands-on materials and resources, $150 stipends, breakfast and lunch, and follow-up support. This workshop is generously funded by two anonymous foundations and the support of the IU Center for Rural Engagement.

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This workshop will build on the successes of previous workshops offered to EfEC teachers by incorporating social dimensions of climate change and environmental concerns. This module will help teachers explore how racial and social inequality is related to climate change, environmental harms, and the energy system. This workshop is ideal for middle and high school science educators.

This workshop will be held at the IU School of Education from 9 am to 3 pm with breakfast starting at 8:30. Participating teachers will be provided with hands-on materials and resources, $150 stipends, breakfast and lunch, and follow-up support. This workshop is generously funded by two anonymous foundations and the support of the IU Center for Rural Engagement.

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Fall 2022 “First Tuesdays” Programs

Starting November 2022, we will be offering shorter evening science education workshops focused on topics pertaining to climate change on the first Tuesday of each month. Some of the workshops will be held virtually while others will be held in-person. Each program is designed to be fast-paced, interesting, and educational.

7:00–8:30pm
The Irish Lion Restaurant, Celtic Room
212 West Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN

"Three Billion Missing Birds, What Can We Do?" Dr. Ellen Ketterson and researcher Sarah Wanamaker will share their knowledge of the extent of the decline in bird populations in North America and globally over the past 50 years including the causes of the decline and information on what individuals can do to help. They will also share tools for students and adults to identify birds by sound and sight. For more information, please contact Adam Scribner (jascrib@iu.edu).

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7:00–8:30pm
The Irish Lion Restaurant, Celtic Room
212 West Kirkwood Avenue, Bloomington, IN

"The Future of Nuclear Power." Two professors of nuclear physics, Dr. Tim Londergan and Dr. Steven Vigdor will present “the future of nuclear power”. Nuclear power is one among several alternatives for carbon-free energy production to address global climate change. There are two basic types of nuclear power, utilizing the fission of heavy nuclei or the fusion of very light nuclei. Past serious accidents at fission reactor plants and the daunting engineering problems facing attempts to harness thermonuclear fusion in power plants have led to great public skepticism about the future role of nuclear power. However, renewed interest in the design of small modular fission reactors and recent technical breakthroughs in achieving fusion energy have spawned a new nuclear industry featuring many start-up commercial companies. This program will describe the advances, challenges, and prospects for modular fission reactors and nuclear fusion power plants and how they can play an important part in our carbon-free energy future. For more information, please contact Adam Scribner (jascrib@iu.edu).

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This project is supported by the Environmental Resilience Institute, funded by Indiana University’s Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenge initiative.

2023 Educating for Environmental Change Summer Science Institute

June 2023 (dates TBD)

We are excited to once again host three-day Educating for Environmental Change Summer Science Institutes at IU Bloomington’s School of Education. Learn in-depth science content and participate in hands-on, classroom-ready lessons led by IU faculty that align to Indiana state and Next Generation Science Standards.

All participating teachers will receive classroom resources and materials, lodging (if you choose to stay on campus), daily meals, and a $300 stipend. This FREE program will be open to science educators. Daily workshops will take place from 9 am to 3:30 pm with a continental breakfast starting at 8:30 am. Lodging, dinner, and evening activities will be provided for those who stay on campus.

Our Team

Affiliated Faculty
  • PI, Adam Scribner, Director of STEM Education Initiatives, School of Education
  • Co-PI, Michael Hamburger, Professor, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
  • Daniel Beverly, Postdoctoral Fellow, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Gabriel Filippelli, Chancellor’s Professor, IUPUI School of Science, Executive Director, Environmental Resilience Institute
  • Paul Goddard, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Ellen Ketterson, Distinguished Professor, Biology
  • Cody Kirkpatrick, Lecturer, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
  • Ben Kravitz, Associate Professor, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
  • Tim Londergan, Professor Emeritus, Physics
  • Sarah Mincey, Director for Integrated Program in the Environment and Managing Director of the Environmental Resilience Institute
  • Kim Novick, Professor, Paul H. O’Neill Chair, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Richard Phillips, Professor, Biology; Science Director, Research & Teaching Preserve
  • Paul Staten, Associate Professor, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  • Steven Vigdor, Professor Emeritus, Physics
Project Partners
  • Eve Cusack, Elementary School Lead Teacher, Bloomington Montessori School
  • Karen Jepson Innes, Executive Director, WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology
  • Jessica McKinney, Education Manager, Wonderlab Museum of Science, Health, and Technology
  • Kirstin Milks, Secondary Science Teacher, Bloomington High School South
  • Deirdre Sheets, Education Director, WonderLab Museum of Science, Health & Technology
Graduate Students
  • Sander Denham, PhD candidate, Environmental Science, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Deidra Miniard, PhD Candidate, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • Qiu Zhong, Graduate Student, School of Education

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