Digging in and learning about environmental issues is not necessarily a standard activity at an after school program. Â But that is exactly what 3rd and 4th graders are doing on Friday afternoons at Concord International Elementary School. Â Empowered Eco-Ed is a project developed by UW Earth Club Members in the Spring of 2013 in which students work together to put together hands-on environmental education lessons for these students.
Now, in partnership with UW Pipeline Project, Empowered Eco-Ed is a seminar class on environmental education and curriculum writing. Â Students are still heading down to Concord every Friday to expand the reach of environmental education while learning about teaching! Â In Winter 2015, 9 undergraduate students from a range of majors learned how to write and teach environmental education lessons – check out their reflections here.
Over 30 students at Concord got to dig into everything from salmon and their habitats to food webs to air pollution. Â Take a look at some highlights from Winter 2015:
- Using magnifying glasses to check out a treasure trove of fish preserved in jars Â – including puffer fish and rex sole.
- Kids creating their own watersheds using clay and watching how water flows over it! Â (one even included people picking up litter in the mountains!)
- Kids becoming a living illustration of the Duwamish food web
- And celebrating the quarter with a dance party!
To check out all the lessons from this quarter, check out the Empowered Eco Education project blog. Â (These lessons are pretty inspirational!)
We are proud to be able to support this project – and look forward to continuing working with these inspirational college students!