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STEM Partners: Eco-STEM

Eco-STEM: Where ecology and STEM fields merge


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Until recently, STEM education focused almost exclusively on the lab sciences such as chemistry, physics, and molecular biology. Eco-STEM will highlight how STEM is used in field disciplines, such as ecology, zoology, sustainability, environmental sciences, agriculture and wildlife management. This page will provide resources for educators looking for real-world Eco-STEM case studies, exploration, and application as well as ideas, strategies, and examples for bringing these concepts into the classroom. It is offered as a collaboration among a number of organizations focused on conserving our natural resources and will serve to link field experts and educators.


On this page, you will find a number of resources that will help bring Eco-STEM into your classroom. These include:

  • Case Studies Blog - providing real-world examples of STEM being used in the field
  • Classroom Examples Blog - showcasing ways that other educators have merged STEM into the ecology-related disciplines
  • Forums - an opportunity for you to ask questions to the community

We encourage open participation on this page. If you have a great resource or idea, feel free to share it in the appropriate blog. If you have a question, don't be afraid to ask it in one of our forums. Help us make sure this page will work for you!


Some of the partners who have come together to provide resources and expertise include:

  • Arizona Game and Fish Department
  • Phoenix Zoo | Arizona Center for Nature Conservation

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Linda Coyle wrote on the STEM Partners: Eco-STEM wall: Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills Observation is a fundamental skill for students to be able to do science. In this workshop, we will provide tips and tricks to help connect children with nature while engaging their senses. Participants will learn how to build students' observation skills to improve problem solving and scientific understanding. Activities and resources have been developed by both the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Association for Fish and Wildlife Agencies. The workshop will take place THIS Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Mesquite Wildlife Oasis near Arlington, AZ and the Palo Verde Power Plant. The workshop will begin at 9am and will last until 3pm. Participation is free and only a few spots remain. For more information and to register, visit http://tiny.cc/outdoorobservations
Posted Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Linda Coyle wrote on the STEM Partners: Eco-STEM wall: Power of Data Summer Workshop Are you a middle or high school teacher? We are proud to be hosting an exciting geospatial technology workshop this summer. The Power of Data (POD) Project, developed by the NAU Center for Science Teaching and Learning and funded by the National Science Foundation, has been recognized by Change the Equation as an Accomplished STEMworks Program that makes a real impact on students. These professional learning programs enable secondary teachers to enhance their existing lessons with Geospatial Inquiry in order to increase students' 21st century skills and STEM career awareness. The workshop will take place in Phoenix from June 26-30. Workshop is free and participants can earn a $500 stipend. Space is limited and a competitive application process will be used to select participants. Apply today. The deadline is Friday, February 3! Application link: http://tiny.cc/AZGFD_POD
Posted Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Linda Coyle posted a new entry in the Latest updates from Game and Fish blog in the group STEM Partners: Eco-STEM.
Posted Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Linda Coyle wrote on the STEM Partners: Eco-STEM wall: The Arizona Game and Fish Department is pleased to offer a number of upcoming professional development opportunities for teachers. All of the workshops can be found by visiting our website: http://www.azgfd.gov/focuswild. However, I wanted to highlight a couple, including one that takes place THIS SATURDAY. Feel free to forward on to any teachers who you think might be interested. Power of Data Summer Workshop Are you a middle or high school teacher? We are proud to be hosting an exciting geospatial technology workshop this summer. The Power of Data (POD) Project, developed by the NAU Center for Science Teaching and Learning and funded by the National Science Foundation, has been recognized by Change the Equation as an Accomplished STEMworks Program that makes a real impact on students. These professional learning programs enable secondary teachers to enhance their existing lessons with Geospatial Inquiry in order to increase students' 21st century skills and STEM career awareness. The workshop will take place in Phoenix from June 26-30. Workshop is free and participants can earn a $500 stipend. Space is limited and a competitive application process will be used to select participants. Apply today. The deadline is Friday, February 3! Application link: http://tiny.cc/AZGFD_POD Fostering Outdoor Observation Skills Observation is a fundamental skill for students to be able to do science. In this workshop, we will provide tips and tricks to help connect children with nature while engaging their senses. Participants will learn how to build students' observation skills to improve problem solving and scientific understanding. Activities and resources have been developed by both the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the Association for Fish and Wildlife Agencies. The workshop will take place THIS Saturday, January 21, 2017 at the Mesquite Wildlife Oasis near Arlington, AZ and the Palo Verde Power Plant. The workshop will begin at 9am and will last until 3pm. Participation is free and only a few spots remain. For more information and to register, visit http://tiny.cc/outdoorobservations
Posted Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Linda Coyle wrote on the STEM Partners: Eco-STEM wall: CHECK OUT THE SCIENCE 101 BOOT CAMP FOR EDUCATORS BEING HELD AT THE PHOENIX ZOO! SEE THE BLOG FOR DETAILS
Posted Monday, September 5, 2016
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