The Stanford School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences recognizes the need and takes seriously its responsibility to share our understanding of the Earth with the greater community. Consequently, we offer programs for K-12 students and their teachers.
We aim to bring a basic knowledge of Earth sciences to as many people as possible. From GeoKids, in which first-graders get to know rocks, minerals, fossils, and soils through hands-on activities, to our public lectures aimed at interested, non-expert citizens who wish to be better informed about issues of current importance, we hope to engage everyone in the Earth sciences. For teachers of older students, we offer check-out kits and workshops to supplement science curriculum and strengthen teacher confidence when presenting scientific material.
By working with budding scientists and current science students, we offer programs to broaden their understanding of the scientific process. The programs help students understand Earth sciences. The programs are offered free of cost to students and teachers of our local community.
What could be better than a morning of constructing fossils, soil painting and the lava game? First graders from local public schools come on a field trip to explore and experience these fun and engaging activities at Stanford. learn more
At the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences, high school students spend 8 weeks in the summer working in different laboratories. The students work on existing research projects and are supervised directly by graduate students, post docs and lab managers. Learn more
In 2015, we will host the Bay Area regional competition of the National Ocean Science Bowl. Named the Sea Lion Bowl, high school teams in a quiz bowl style competion show off therir knowledge of ocean science, marine cultural history and ocean policy. Learn more
To support Earth sciences being taught in the schools, we provide opportunities for teachers to learn about earth science along with ways for them to bring current Earth sciences research into their classrooms. Professional development workshops are designed to support teachers in public classrooms by providing connections to the California state standards. In addition we continue to develop educational resources such as curriculum and teaching kits to enhance classroom learning.
We invite Earth science teachers to professional development program about how to understand Earth sciences in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn about current scientific research and understanding of the local geoscape. A geoscape is a way to look at the geological landscape - water resources, natura hazards, and earth resources - as well as ways to approach these topics in the classroom. Learn more
Join the Stanford project to bring a new global climate change curriculum to your students. You will learn the basic concepts of climate and climate change as well as the latest understandings of climate science and policy. Offered in partnership with the Stanford Teacher Education Program. Learn more
From 2005-2009, we offered a workshop on Mercury in the Environment for high school science teachers, funded by the National Science Foundation. Learn more
For more information about these programs, please email Director of Outreach Education Jennifer Saltzman, or call her at (650)725-2410.