Educating for Environmental Change

Educating for Environmental Change

The 2020 Educating for Environmental Change Summer Science Institute has been moved to a synchronous online workshop. Please note the changes to dates below. Sign up today!

2020 Summer Science Institutes: Immersive hands-on workshops for science educators focused on climate change and its impact on local Indiana communities. 

Elementary School (Grades 4-6) Institute: June 15-17, 2020

Middle/High School Educator Institute: June 22-24, 2020

Educating for Environmental Change (EfEC) brings together science educators and IU environmental scientists to provide data-driven classroom lessons and age-appropriate, hands-on activities that help elucidate and deepen student understanding of climate change. EfEC was co-developed by IU environmental scientists, faculty from the IU School of Education, the WonderLab Museum, and local veteran science teachers. The institute is guided by the following questions: how do we know the climate is changing; how are humans accelerating these changes; what are the impacts of these changes; and what must be done to mitigate the severity and impact of climate change?

Cost: FREE including a daily stipend and classroom resources.


Elementary School (Grades 4-5) Educator Institute: Monday June 14 to Wednesday June 16, 2020

Middle/High School Educator Institute: Monday, June 22 to Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Locations: Your home! We will be bringing Indiana University, the WonderLab Museum of Science, Technology, and Health, and the IU Research and Teaching Preserve Griffy Woods Lab to your computer!

Teacher Grade Levels: Elementary (grades 4-6), Middle School (grades 7-8) and High School (grades 9-12) science teachers.

Application details: Applications received by May 15 will receive full consideration; those received after May 15 will be considered until the class is filled. Past participants have been most successful when their school administrators are well informed of the institute.

Cost: FREE including a daily stipend and classroom materials.

Read about the 2018 summer institute:

Read about the 2019 summer institute:

  • In-depth science content presented by IU faculty
  • Classroom-ready, hands-on activities that align to Indiana state science standards

  • Daily stipend
  • Resources and materials for your classroom
  • Professional Growth Plan points (PGPs) for qualified teachers

This project is supported by the IU Environmental Resilience Institute, WonderLab Museum, the IU Research & Teaching Preserve, and the IU School of Education