For more than 35 years, teachers have worked hand-in-hand with EBMUD to help students learn about the value of water. EBMUD offers classroom materials, programs and field trips to teachers and students, with the goal of showing students how to use water wisely and how they can help protect watershed environments.
Materials are distributed free to public and private schools in EBMUD's service area and near EBMUD's Sierra foothills facilities (Amador and Calaveras counties, Lodi and Linden). K-12 materials are aligned with state standards and can be ordered online. You may review sample copies of many of the materials before ordering.
Aquarium of the Bay’s BayMobile. In Spring 2014, the BayMobile will visit schools within a 15-mile radius of the Aquarium free of charge. During a visit, students will dive into the science of climate change and meet some of the Aquarium of the Bay’s animal ambassadors. Experiments and demonstrations are available for k-12 students and are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. Registration is now open.
Biodiversity E-Course. Cal Academy has partnered with Khan Academy to present an exciting seven-part course on biodiversity and its worldwide importance. The course is designed for high school students and references the Common Core Standards. The first tutorials are available now and five more will be launched over the coming year.
Climate Change Curriculum. Stanford University offers climate change curriculum units for middle and high school students. Lesson plans include teacher-and student-centered activities with lectures, demonstrations, investigations and group analysis of data. The units are based in the philosophy of learning by inquiry as well as justifying claims with evidence.
PBS Learning Media. Find thousands of digital resources including videos, games, audio clips, photos, lesson plans and more. All of these free resources are great for classrooms or summer learning, and they provide colorful multimedia packages to help students learn. See PBS Learning Media for more information.
SciJinks. NOAA and NASA have joined forces to create the ultimate weather website. Targeting middle school students, SciJinks makes the science of weather fun and engaging with exciting and accessible content, games and multimedia. Students will find answers to mysteries like our changing seasons, hurricanes and other curious phenomenon. There are videos, printable images and posters and help for teachers. See SciJinks for more information.
Teen Ink: Environmental Contest. Concerns about current problems facing the planet are among the issues presented in Teen Ink. Young people are invited to share their thoughts with others by writing a persuasive essay. There are no deadlines and entries are accepted throughout the year. See Teen Ink for details.
Berkeley Bay Festival will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014, from 11am until 4pm. This free outdoor event at the Berkeley Marina was first held in 1937. The Festival continues to provide entertainment, food, boating and activities to educate and inspire about the wonders of the Bay. Visit the Berkeley Marina website for more information.
National Environmental Education Week 2014, April 13-19, focuses this year on Greening STEM. EE Week is the nation’s largest celebration of environmental education, inspiring environmental learning and stewardship among k-12 students. Visit the National Environmental Education website for upcoming webinars, educator toolkits and more.
2nd Biannual NGSS STEM Conference: Reengineering Your Science Curriculum is on Sunday, April 13, 2014, from 9am until 5pm. This conference for middle and high school teachers at the Exploratorium, San Francisco, is limited to 200 participants. Fee of $45 includes lunch. Purchase tickets here for the NGSS STEM Conference.
Environmental Projects: The Captain Planet Foundation funds grants to support hands-on environmental projects for school age children. Amounts range from $250-$2,500 with applications reviewed semi-annually. Deadlines are September 30 and February 28. Go to the Captain Planet Foundation to apply.
Do Something Seed Grants. $500 grants are awarded every week to help young people start community action projects or programs, or to help existing projects to expand and grow. Get details for seed grants here.
Edutopia offers a roundup of educational grants, contests and awards aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools and communities. Check for weekly updates at Edutopia grants and resources.