Articles to Inspire Ideas
by & about Global GreenSTEM
Understanding autumn holidays through Native Amerian Experiences
A K’awaika/Diné mom* shared with me a letter she’s written to her child’s teacher at the beginning of each school year, asking the non-Indigenous educators to be sensitive to the impacts these holiday celebrations have on her child and other Indigenous students and staff. Seeing these holidays through the words of an Indigenous parent can offer an “I-never-realized-that!” moment, awaken empathy, and create opportunity for personal reflection and positive change. Excerpts of this letter are included below.
Central Notes, November 2021
Biomimicry empowers students with GreenSTEM learning experiences
Biomimicry, nature-inspired design, brings science and engineering to life in ways that offer an engaging and empowering framework for purposeful GreenSTEM learning experiences. This article was co-written by Laura Arndt and Gretchen Hooker of The Biomimicry Institute.
Green Schools National Network, October 3, 2019
STEM Connections Past and Present
How can you STEM-ify local traditions and cultural history? This article by NSTA Reports highlights a variety of examples from across cultures, including Global GreenSTEM's work with Guam teachers to integrate unique island culture and traditions. Get ideas for what you can do!
NSTA Reports, November 2018
Inspire Problem Solvers With Purposeful STEM Projects
The novelty of tech gadgets is fading for many educators and learners. This article by Laura Arndt describes how and why to transform your materials-based STEM activities into purposeful real-world projects that spark curiosity in the learner.
NSTA Reports, May 2018
It belongs to you.
databot™ highlights GGS and others to show how their “ rugged little cube with 12 sensors” could be used by students to gather real-world data that can identify environmental concerns and spark projects to address them.
Blog at databot™, February 4, 2019.
Diving beneath the surface: Underwater robotics lessons bring STEM to life for teachers in Guam
This article describes our place-based professional learning approach through the lens of our work with Guam Department of Education's K-12 educators. "The Guam STEM project used an inside-out model that puts educators and their context at the center of planning and decision-making." The article lays out the steps for creating a STEM strategic plan, and for identifying, developing and integrating learner-relevant lessons and projects that honor the unique culture and inspire teachers by giving them a voice in the process.
The Learning Professional (formerly known as Journal of Staff Development), Learning Forward’s membership magazine, February 2017
Green STEM: STEM as It's Meant to Be
This article describes how to flip the paradigm from activity-based STEM and to design meaningful and impactful STEM and GreenSTEM projects.
AdvancED: The Source, Spring 2015
GreenSTEM Model: Steps for an instructional approach
GreenSTEM projects like the creek example comprise all eight steps of this learning approach, which are woven throughout the lessons, and can last a week, month or the entire school year.
McREL blog, April 2016
GreenSTEM: Inspiring and empowering learners to change the world
How do we teach our students to pursue a line of inquiry that connects personal, community, and global decisions to an understanding of relevant science, technology, engineering, and math? Laura Arndt introduces “GreenSTEM” as an engaging and innovative approach for both students and teachers.
McREL blog, February 2015
Using Forensics: Wildlife Crime Scene! [curriculum]
With Using Forensics: Wildlife Crime Scene!, your students investigate an actual crime against wildlife, learn the science behind animal-species identification, and find out about efforts to fight real-world threats against wild animals. The book is designed to be engaging for both you and your student-detectives. It’s also easy to use.
At the link, you will find downloadable pdfs to student activity pages of Using Forensics: Wildlife Crime Scene!
NSTA Press, 2008