MiiR is partnering with IslandWood and King County to provide 200 3rd-8th grade students with hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) environmental learning experiences at Brightwater Center.
Using King County’s state-of-the-art Wastewater Treatment Facility as a real-world model for investigation, students get a firsthand look at how water, the built and natural environments, and humans are all interrelated. Teachers select a four-hour program that best complements their current classroom studies, each focusing on a different environmental factor impacting watersheds: stormwater, wastewater or urban freshwater ecosystems.
IslandWood is a leader in innovative and inclusive education for the planet. By connecting students with their communities and environments, classroom learning becomes contextualized and the students become aware that they are empowered to bring about positive change. Through place-based, culturally-responsive education practices, IslandWood is building a foundation for the next generation of leaders, scientists, stewards, and citizens.
IslandWood’s Director of Program Impact will lead the evaluation and assessment of this project.
Quantitative metrics include:
- Number of Seattle Public Schools students who receive pre and post-Brightwater Center visit lessons
- Number of school visits by IslandWood educators
- Number of student-led stewardship projects
Qualitative impact anecdotes will inform project effectiveness, program decisions and professional growth:
- Student understanding of water-based natural resource issues
- Student learning and cultural responsiveness
Currently, IslandWood is collaborating with Seattle Public Schools to develop an online tool that will allow teachers to assess their classroom field study trips to Brightwater Center. Teachers will be asked to complete an online assessment to rate student learning at Brightwater and concept retention, both one week and 3 months after their visit.
In their words: IslandWood’s mission is to provide exceptional learning experiences and to inspire lifelong environmental and community stewardship. Whether at our 250-acre outdoor learning center, or any of our off-site locations, IslandWood invites children and adults alike to discover a new way of seeing nature, themselves, and one another. In doing so, each person comes to understand their ability to change the world for the better.
In partnership with King County