K-12 Education & Teacher Training

Studies show that school age students exposed to hands-on environmental learning opportunities are more likely to develop an interest in learning more about the environment. UMCES provides education programs focusing on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subject areas, which provide both K-12 student learning experiences and teacher professional development.

Through these programs the Center is helping school districts comply with Maryland’s environmental education and STEM requirements.  Programs are designed to meet the school’s needs, offering students and teachers the opportunity to learn about the environmental issues of the Chesapeake Bay, its watershed, coastal systems, and the Ocean.

Several UMCES faculty have developed training programs designed to help teachers open their students’ minds to environmental science.

alese logoThe Appalachian Laboratory Environmental Science Education (ALESE) program promotes environmental science literacy and understanding of ecology and environmental issues of the Appalachian region and the Chesapeake Bay watershed. ALESE provides:

  • Teacher professional development
  • Education and outreach products
  • Environmental science outreach to schools and other groups

The Horn Point Laboratory Teach Ocean Science program provides teachers and students with science-based activities and lessons that promote knowledge and interest about our ocean and coastal systems.  Components of the Teach Ocean Science program include:

  • Teacher professional development
  • Ocean Science Curriculum
  • Educational modules
  • STEM programs and lessons for secondary students
Maryland-Delaware Climate Change Education, Assessment, and Research Program 

The Maryland-Delaware Climate Change Education, Assessment, and Research Program (MADE CLEAR) focuses on ensuring that the current generation of students is able to make informed choices based on evidence, experiences, and trustworthy information about climate and climate change. We do so by providing:
  • Professional development for K-12 teachers, university faculty, and informal educators
  • Education modules
  • Access to research on student learning around climate change
  • Access to experts in the field of climate change science and solutions