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.
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.
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.
Applied Materials Clean Tech Competition: A Solution to Pollution. Teams of 2-4 students in grades 7-12 are challenged to identify a real world pollution problem and present a solution using clean technology. Finalist teams can win up to $15,000 in cash prizes. Register between now and March 7th for the competition that closes March 17, 2014.
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.
Young Reporters for the Environment Competition. Hosted by the National Wildlife Federation, this competition is for students aged 13-18, who may enter as individuals or as a group. Students are invited to investigate an environmental issue in their local community and report on it in writing, photos or video. The deadline for submission is March 15, 2014. Register here.
The Bay Area Environmental Education Resource (BAEER) Fair, a special project of the Lawrence Hall of Science, will be taking a year off in 2014 while planning goes forward for BAEER Fair 37 in 2015.
Disney Friends for Change Grants offers young change-makers, ages 5-18, an opportunity to help make a lasting, positive change in the world. Projects will highlight the creativity and commitment of young people working to meet the needs of others and show how even small actions can add up to big changes. Projects should take place on or around Global Youth Service Day, April 11-13, 2014. Applications are due by February 6, 2014.
Field Trip Grants: Target has a grants program for K-12 schools to fund field trips that connect classroom curriculum to out of school experiences. Each grant is valued up to $700. Visit Target to enter. Applications are accepted from August 1 through September 30 for field trips in the next calendar year.
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.