The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences cultivates and encourages young learners through training programs for K-12 students with a particular focus on college preparation for students who come from communities that are under-represented in STEM fields.
Earth Camp is a week-long experience designed to excite and educate students about earth science by getting them outdoors and exploring new environments like Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Mackinac Island, Michigan’s upper peninsula, and Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. In addition, students are exposed to career opportunities to highlight the range of possibilities and benefits of a degree in earth and environmental sciences.
Science for Tomorrow is a STEM career outreach program for middle school students in communities that are underrepresented in STEM fields and on college campuses. It goes beyond emphasizing STEM as a generic catch phrase and instead shows students real world examples of who scientists are and how science and research work, as well as providing them with practical tools for navigating high school, pursuing post-secondary education and ultimately achieving those careers.
Bring a river into your school with the Museum’s 12-foot stream simulation table! The U-M Museum of Natural History offers three different workshops providing students hands-on opportunities to explore how water flows, erosion, effects of flooding, the consequences of human activities on water quality, and much more. Students work in small groups and record their observations in accompanying student journals. All workshops are inquiry-based and meet state standards for social studies and the new Next Generation Science Standards.