Why Do Civic Skills Matter in STEM?

When you hear STEM, what necessary skills automatically pop into your mind? My guess would be science, technology, engineering, and math. And that answer would be correct. Take engineers at a wastewater treatment plant for example: when they are assessing the quality of a local body of water, they need to use technology to gather[…]

KIC-NET Program Flourishes In and Out of the Water

Last Fall, our Keep It Clean – Neighborhood Environmental Trios (KIC-NET) program, which aims to improve water quality by offering educational opportunities to schools located near parks with waterways, expanded to Albuquerque, NM. The Middle Rio Grande was chosen as one of three pilot watershed-based stormwater permit pilots nationwide, which made the community ripe for[…]

Celebrating 25 Years of Watershed Education Through GM GREEN

Partners, educators, Earth Force staff, and General Motors employees from around the U.S. and Canada came together this week to celebrate 25 years of GM GREEN! Key shepherds from throughout the program’s history, including GM GREEN Director Jan Sneddon; Associate Director, Foundation Relations for the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of[…]

Announcing the Inaugural Class of Friends of the Force

At Earth Force, we work to ensure young people get to develop and practice leadership skills and civic responsibility, addressing problems in their communities and working in partnership with others to create effective, sustainable solutions. We recently launched an exciting new initiative, Friends of the Force, as a way of meaningfully engaging and developing young[…]

Collaboration Strengthens Long-Running GM GREEN Program

Guest Post by Teri Kline – Manager, Environmental, Facilities, & Materials Policy at General Motors At General Motors, we’re excited to be celebrating two important anniversaries this year with our valued partner Earth Force. The first is the 25th anniversary of GM GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network), a unique environmental education program that helps[…]

Birthday Reflections

Birthdays present the opportunity to reflect for most, and for Earth Force, it is no different. Our 20th anniversary celebration is happening on September 22, 2014, in Washington, DC, on the Cherry Blossom riverboat (tickets on sale here). With our birthday party one month away, we thought it would be a great time to reflect[…]

STEM Evolving in Out-of-School Settings

This week, our partner Afterschool Alliance featured a guest blog post from us about the importance of collaboration between afterschool and in-school educators when working to implement STEM education. The piece is a great reminder that education does not stop once school lets out. Today, we need well-prepared formal and informal educators that are dedicated[…]

Engineering Real World Solutions to STEM Challenges

Guest Post by Dot Moss, academic program director in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University When I was asked to facilitate a pathway for the 2014 Next Steps Institute focused on engineering and its role within STEM, I wanted to put emphasis on the idea of action. All certified engineering programs at the[…]

STEM Education Now Means a Stronger Workforce Later

STEM. It’s the latest four letter word taking over the nation, creating curiosity and some controversy. Earth Force has particular interest in building STEM engagement for under-served youth, and for good reason: the current opportunities available in today’s workforce point to enormous growth in STEM careers. In recent decades, the U.S. education system has failed[…]