This project funds student environmental stewardship projects around the world as part of our Greenworks Global Classroom. Students and classrooms who participate in the Greenworks program complete a curriculum on Project Design (based on NASA mission designs), which helps shape their ideas on environmental stewardship into well-designed projects. Currently, we partner with teachers, classrooms, and clubs in Indonesia (where the program was piloted), Brazil, Ukraine, South Korea, and the US.
Students are ready to change the world, especially in targeting environmental problems like climate change and plastic pollution. However, our textbook- and lecture-focused science classrooms aren't preparing them to act. This problem is especially prevalent in the Global South, where teacher-centered instructional methods still dominate and environmental problems are acute. We need to help our students transform the science they learn into effective action to benefit their communities now.
The Greenworks program is building a global environmental stewardship classroom. In this classroom, students learn Project Design, transforming their initial inspiration for change into a well-formed plan of action and evaluation. Additionally, we train teachers to deploy this curriculum and monitor student progress, allowing us to help teachers globally modernize their teaching methodology. Classrooms in the program exchange strategies, technologies, and support to amplify their impact.
The Greenworks Global Classroom is building a global network of students and teachers who want to make impactful environmental changes in their communities right now. As the program grows, we expect to not only empower youths to change the world around them, but to also help rebuild the educational support system around them to better support their efforts and help them make a long-term impact. We anticipate building a robust community of changemakers and makers/hackers that spans the world.