WHO ARE WE?
Global GreenSTEM elevates STEM education to a new level of purpose and impact that sparks curiosity and empathy in participants while reinforcing teamwork and communication skills. We work with educators to transform materials-based STEM activities and programs into real-world projects with personal connections to the learner. Learners, community, and the natural environment all benefit when academic learning merges with real world understanding and impact.
Global GreenSTEM works with formal and non-formal educators, organizations, agencies, and learners of all ages in both indoor and outdoor settings around the world. Our professional learning, curriculum development, program planning, presentations, and innovative partnerships also incorporate effective instructional strategies and can be aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, UN Sustainable Development Goals, Education for Sustainability Standards, and other targeted education standards.
We believe that…
When students CARE, they want to learn.
When students LEARN something personally relevant, they want to respond.
When students RESPOND, they make an IMPACT that changes the world.
Global GreenSTEM experiences can engage learners' hearts (care) and minds (learn) to inspire action (respond) and positive impact. Learners who see a real purpose and connection to what they are investigating will actively seek out knowledge and skills to gain greater understanding. This understanding can empower them to investigate and solve real-world problems that affect themselves and others. This educational experience can propel these active learners to become active lifelong citizens and leaders, to pursue higher educational opportunities and to aspire to careers that fit their passion.
Educators around the world are creating experiences for learners to actively applying their STEM* knowledge and skills to solve real environmental and sustainability problems locally and globally.
To make learning relevant, purposeful, and impactful by collaboratively creating opportunities for learners and educators to understand and solve real-world environmental and sustainability problems by applying STEM knowledge and skills locally.
*STEM: An interdisciplinary learning approach that applies science, technology, engineering and math to investigate and solve problems.
When people care, learn, and respond, they change the world by making an impact.
Care + Learn + Respond = Impact
Laura Arndt’s goal, with all audiences, is to create bridges of understanding and compassion between people and their natural environment through active inquiry learning and positive action. She customizes educational experiences to local environmental issues, to targeted STEM concepts or skills, and to the learners’ culture, interests, and concerns. By simultaneously teaching and modeling effective instructional strategies based on research, Laura sparks curiosity, excitement, and motivation to understand and solve real problems by applying STEM knowledge and skills.
Laura consults with educators in diverse formal and informal settings: Schools, school districts, museums, zoos, state parks and nature centers, conservation organizations, forest service and wildlife agencies. Her consulting is enriched by years of teaching high school science and elementary science/ GreenSTEM. Spanning two decades, Laura worked with several international mountain gorilla organizations developing and implementing conservation education programs and curricula. She was also a state park education ranger and an educator-bird handler for permanently injured raptors.