4th Annual Spring into Science Education on Monday, March 3, 2014

EcoExpression Spring into Science Education 2014
2014 Spring into Science Education
Monday, March 3, 2014, 4:30 to 7:00pm
at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
(1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103)
Register for free here!

On Monday, March 3, 2014, EcoExpress.org, the Philadelphia Math + Science Coalition, and the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University are joining forces to present this special event for local educators.

The 4th Annual Spring into Science Education Expo is a FREE networking event and celebration for local educators. Educators of grades K through 12 will learn about inspiring resources and ideas that can be immediately brought back into the classroom!

    Highlights of the Spring into Science Education include:

  • Premiere of EcoExpress.org’s STEM Careers Video Series
  • Free Access to Dinosaurs Unearthed and the Butterfly Room
  • Interactive workshops highlighting practical ideas to take back to the classroom. (See the full list of workshops here.)
  • Exhibits by Local Environmental and Science Education Organizations

Learn more and register for free on EcoExpress.org.

A Whirlwind of Activity at GreenTreks

This year has been a busy one, and we couldn’t be more pleased!

metta movement

First off, thanks to all of those who attended the party with a purpose we co-hosted last month with lululemon athletic Walnut Street. If you missed metta movement, check out our Instagram for some snapshots from the night.

EcoExpress

What a landmark year it has been for EcoExpress.org! We are working on a new video series that focuses on exciting (and surprising) careers with a STEM focus. The videos will be released early next year. We can’t wait to show you. Don’t forget, though – we’ve added a lot of videos over this past year. We’ve been focusing more on water and watersheds, as it is the environmental issue that connects to so many others.

Here are the video & lesson plan additions to EcoExpress.org in 2013:
Clean Water: A Long Journey from the Source to Our Tap
Porous Pavement
Streamside Forest Buffers
Bioretention Island
Keeping Water On Site: Waterview Recreation Center
Rain Barrels: Preventing Water Pollution Starts at Home
Rain Gardens: Saving Streams One Yard at a Time
Rain Barrels: Preventing Water Pollution Starts at Home
Gardening for a Healthier Bay
Mowing to Meadows
Green Schools: Albert Greenfield Elementary

In 2014, EcoExpress will be unveiling the new STEM careers videos, offering more teacher workshops, providing in-class support, and hosting the 4th annual Spring into Science Education. We are so excited about all of these great plans, but our efforts require more funding to make them a reality. At this critical time for schools, please help us continue to provide environmental educational services. Donate directly to EcoExpress.

Flowers

You’ve maybe even spotted Barry or myself (Meghan) giving a presentation about StormwaterPA. This year, we’ve furthered education about the impacts of polluted stormwater runoff in our local region. Here’s a snippet of what’s happened.

Clean Your Water is a new initiative of StormwaterPA.org. We are helping municipalities in watersheds across Pennsylvania educate about the value of caring for your local watershed. We curate multimedia resources that are relevant and important to diverse audiences. We provide key community groups with the knowledge to greatly benefit watershed health. So far, we’ve crafted websites for Cumberland County and the Wissahickon Watershed. Want to see your region represented? Let us know!

Rain Gardens: Saving Streams One Yard at a Time was a big hit this year. We also released a beautifully-made, animated film: Clean Water: A Long Journey from Source to Tap. Our newest film takes place in the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed. Watch as a park along Tacony Creek is transformed, to the benefit of the creek and to the joy of the community.

Help support education about the impacts of stormwater on our drinking water & communities! Donate directly to StormwaterPA.

What’s New!

Our two keystone projects, EcoExpress.org and StormwaterPA.org, have so much going on! Here’s a quick update about new additions to these resourceful sites.

New Teaching Materials on EcoExpress.org:

EcoExpress: Clean Water Classroom Activity

Thanks to our resident science curriculum expert, Anita, there are new teaching materials up on EcoExpress.org! As you know, we’ve crafted many short documentaries on managing rain water and trying to reduce the impacts of flooding and pollution. The thing that I really love about these videos is that they take this complicated and technical topic, and spell it out in a way that just makes sense. This is thanks in no small part to the great film producer on our team, Maria. Since these videos serve people so well via our StormwaterPA.org project, we want to also make these programs accessible for teachers and students. So Anita selected some of our most popular films and developed complementary teaching materials.

Here are some of the most recent lessons:

Green Apple Day of Service at Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School

And come see EcoExpress staffers in action! Anita will be presenting at a great event at one of our favorite schools – Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School. Come check out their new school meadow by attending their Green Apple Day of Service on Saturday, September 28th, 2013, from 9am to 2pm! The school is located at 201 E Salaignac St, Philadelphia, PA 19128.

 

New Videos on StormwaterPA.org

Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership is one of the most exciting watershed groups in the state! They are featured in our recent piece, Tacony Creek Restoration: Improving Water Quality and Quality of Life.

In other exciting news, we also created an animated short! Clean Water: A Long Journey from the Source to Our Tap is an amazing film that shows exactly what pollutes the water – and the solutions!

And, in case you missed it, our video on Rain Gardens that was released in the spring has been a big hit! And, yeah — you’re in luck! EcoExpress has water education tools for it!

EcoExpress in the Philadelphia Science Festival

Philadelphia Science Festival 2013

The Philadelphia Science Festival is a ten-day, community-wide celebration of science that takes place annually in April, featuring lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions and a variety of other informal science education experiences for Philadelphians of all ages. GreenTreks Network’s environmental education program, EcoExpress.org, will be participating in three upcoming events as part of the Philadelphia Science Festival!

Science Carnival on the Parkway
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
at Logan’s Circle (on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 19th Street in Philadelphia, PA)

You’ve never experienced an outdoor carnival like this one! This carnival features more than 100 exhibitors offering non-stop, family-friendly experiments, interactive activities, games, and a packed line-up of live entertainment. Enjoy liquid nitrogen ice cream, make gak, meet live zoo animals, check out the inner-workings of robots, take a tour of a helicopter, extract DNA from a strawberry, test a “crime scene” for forensic evidence, and so much more!

Teacher Workshop: Connecting to our Everyday Environment with EcoExpress.org and the PA Horticultural Society
Monday, April 22, 2013, 4:00pm to 7:00pm
at the Department of Making and Doing (3711 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104)

Engage in a lively discussion with other educators on how to make cross-curricular connections to environmental science. Then, learn how to address ecological topics while using your student’s everyday environment and gain valuable classroom resources from EcoExpress and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Participating Pennsylvania-based teachers will receive three Act 48 credit hours. Register for free here.

Student Event: Neighborhood Science After School
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 3:30pm to 5:30pm
at the South Philadelphia Branch of the Free Library (1700 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19145)

Turn your kitchen into a science lab! Discover how chemistry plays a role in some of your favorite foods. Then, learn how you can keep our drinking water safe and clean by protecting water at the source, and how to write and break secret codes! Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and Temple University will also be presenting! This event is FREE and open to students in K through 12!

In addition to attending these excellent events, don’t forget to enter EcoExpress’ contest to win a mini video camera!

A Visit to Bartram’s Garden

After seeing the wonderful presentation that Bartram’s Garden at Spring into Science Education, I felt inspired to visit the beautiful garden again. Here are some photos from my little escape to that natural oasis!

Photo by GT Staffer Meghan Filoromo
Photo by GT Staffer Meghan Filoromo
Photo by GT Staffer Meghan Filoromo
Photo by GT Staffer Meghan Filoromo

Visit Bartram’s Garden in West Philadelphia!