Each professional learning experience is customized to your audience, community, and local natural environment.

In a collaborative process, we develop and facilitate place-based culturally relevant STEM-GreenSTEM professional learning (PL) experiences for educators that integrate effective STEM instructional strategies, Next Generation Science Standards, and local environment and sustainability issues. 

Themes to consider:

  • Making STEM relevant and purposeful

  • Creating a GreenSTEM Project

  • Putting Green into STEM

  • Starting Local, Going Global

  • Designing STEM Without Borders

Format options: Half day, full day, 2-day, multi-day across the year

Cost: Customized for you to address the scope of the project 


These 30-minute virtual conversations introduce concrete examples and strategies to spark discussion about how to bring relevant STEM-GreenSTEM experiences to your educators and learners. Leave the conversation with an idea or plan for a first or next step.

  • Making STEM Relevant and Purposeful: Transform material-based STEM-GreenSTEM activities into real-world projects that sparks curiosity and motivation in the learner. Discuss ideas for transforming one of your activities.

  • Creating a GreenSTEM Project: Where do we start: Content, problem, or solution? These three essential pieces come together to create an authentic, relevant STEM project. The primary curricular goal starts the creative process as the first piece. The other two pieces support the goal to create a project with an impactful purpose.  Map out one project to start the planning process.

  • Putting Green into STEM: Environment and service connections become motivational hooks for understanding concepts in STEM, science, technology, engineering and/or math.  How do you infuse understanding local environment and sustainability problems and designing solutions into the study of required concepts or material-based STEM activities? Practice the process with one of your lessons or projects.

  • Starting Local, Going Global:  So you are already doing relevant STEM or GreenSTEM. Fantastic! What’s next? Explore ways to broaden your learner’s perspective from local to global. How does the local problem and solution fit into a larger regional, national or global issue? Identify global issues and resources that build a global perspective for one of your projects or lessons.

  • Exploring STEM Without Borders (SWB): You want your students to apply their STEM concepts and practices by collaborating with someone else in the world to understand their local environment problem and design a sustainable solution. View and discuss a variety of collaborative projects completed by students. Begin the process of mapping out the scope of a SWB project that would be the best fit for your students’ educational needs and desires.



We work with you to…

Create New

We develop new curricula, classes, programs and projects so learners can use STEM knowledge and skills to understand and solve learner-relevant real-world problems.

Transform Existing

We transform existing STEM curricula, classes, programs and projects into engaging purposeful learning experiences that are relevant to the learner’s real world.

Cost: Customized for you to address the scope of the project 

INFORMAL EDUCATION: Professional learning, curriculum & program development

Organizations and agencies are in a unique position of providing purposeful, engaging, and relevant STEM experiences for students, parents, teachers, community members, and decision-makers. Your setting is already engaging. Take guests to a new level with problem-based experiences that give them agency to understand and design solutions that support your mission.  


Zoos, aquariums, museums can connect global to local. You create site-specific engaging educational opportunities that spark fascination, awe, and passion for the natural world and people around the world. Explore ways to connect a global focus with local ecosystems, species, and issues that inspire and empower your guests to be active, engaged and informed community citizens with a global perspective.  (Start Global. Go Local.)


Nature centers and parks start local and can go global. You create unique place-based educational opportunities that immerse visitors in your local natural space and introduce them to local wildlife and ecosystems. Explore ways to integrate local problem-solving activities and to make intriguing regional and global connections. (Start Local. Go Global.)

Format options: Half day, full day, 2-day, multi-day across the year

Cost: Customized for you to address the scope of the project


STEM Without Borders™ (SWB) offers students the opportunity to use their STEM knowledge and practices to design sustainable solutions to international environmental problems through global collaborative partnerships.

SWB fosters collaboration between K-12 students (i.e., school, class or club) and site experts (i.e., scientist, organization, agency, community group, school) who live or work at the site of the problem and are trying to solve it. The site experts, who ultimately implement and monitor the solution, benefit from the students’ contribution of human, material, financial, and innovative resources to help solve the problem.


Students and educators benefit by applying their STEM knowledge and science/engineering practices to real-world problems. They experience the altruistic and tangible impacts of their actions on the natural world and the culturally-diverse people affected by the problem and begin identifying themselves as global collaborators, problem solvers, and leaders. The other benefactors of this partnership between students and site experts are the recipients of the STEM solution—the local people and environment.

Cost: Customized for you to address the scope of the project