Earth Team Receives a 1.5 million National Science Foundation Award for ECLIPSE
Changing the After School Experience
In December 2017, the National Science Foundation awarded Earth Team a 1.3m grant award for the ECLIPSE Project (Exploring Careers and Learning Informally to Promote STEM Exploration).
Earth Team will work with educational research firm WestEd (research) and UC Berkeley College and Career Academies Support Network (training) between 2018 and 2021 to implement the different project components.
The main objective of ECLIPSE is to build capacity for engagement of diverse student populations in the environmental sciences and earth system sciences and to evaluate GLOBE’s impacts on student attitudes and learning, expanding the work into an informal afterschool learning environment. Earth Team internship program will allow for youth-led STEM immersion and career development while ﬁlling a critical need for career academies to provide out-of-school work-based learning experiences
ECLIPSE will draw on both past and emerging knowledge to understand how our program supports youth learning and development. It introduces theory related to work-based learning and apprenticeship as an augmentation to what is known about informal STEM learning and youth development, addressing the needs of older youth as they transition to adulthood. It will also explore the use of measurement tools that address workforce-related student learning goals in addition to social emotional learning and STEM learning goals, adapting existing and developing new tools as needed.
The ECLIPSE program will provide a model of an afterschool informal education program where students can link STEM learning activities through the GLOBE program with career exploration. The primary programmatic impacts will be growth in the number of students exposed to GLOBE ﬁeld research activities and career exploration through the engagement of scientists and college mentors; research project-based STEM learning; and a replicable program model for educational outreach organizations. The research and evaluation components will contribute to the base about STEM career preparation, industry engagement, engagement of students underrepresented in STEM.
Earth Team has been working for many years to continue improving its Sustainable Youth Internship program, contributing to the development of effective after school systems that align this underutilized space with the workforce development sector. By providing 150 youth each year with immersive stewardship, leadership and service opportunities as part of year long out-of-school outdoor experiences, we hope to make STEM more meaningful, interesting and accessible to underserved and minority enrollment student populations.
Earth Team’s mission since 2000 has been to inspire students, support teachers and enrich communities. ECLIPSE will be an important boost for our organization to pursue these goals.