Scheduling for 2020-21
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Metro's education outreach team is not yet offering in-person programming. To schedule a virtual program, either for your in-class or remote student, contact our team at [email protected]. The distance learning page houses the full library of online resources.
Middle school and high school
All programs use a "flipped" classroom style: concepts are introduced first through short videos (asynchronous), then reinforced in a live interactive session lead by a Metro educator.
Climate Change (3 live sessions)
Three interactive programs provide an investigation into one of the biggest and most complex societal issues facing the world today. At the heart of our engagement is the opportunity for students to express their own truth through the creation of a personal climate story. Students will think critically about the connection between resource consumption and climate disruption, and explore a wealth of individual and collective responses to climate change using a lens of hope, equity, community resilience, and increased quality of life. The three lessons build on each other to help students:
- Lesson 1: Gain a basic understanding of climate science and reflect on how climate change threatens what is important to us
- Lesson 2: Explore the human systems and values that contribute to climate change and imagine what a better world would look like
- Lesson 3: Be inspired to act and connect with people who are imagining a better future and ushering in values that lead to more resilient communities
The Secret Life of Our Stuff (coming spring 2022)
In this engagement, students will learn about the life cycle of our things from the extraction of natural resources to end-of-life disposal. We will look closely how both people and the environment are impacted by upstream production of stuff and explore how reduction and reuse (even more than recycling) are a positive way to support healthy communities and reduce the climate impacts associated with production and disposal of our stuff.
Presentations use interactive tools and discussion about actions students can take to reduce their impact on the environment and help create healthy communities.
Presentations meet state education standards for science and social studies, are delivered by trained classroom educators and are offered free of charge for students and teachers.
View availability on presentation calendar
To schedule, contact our team at [email protected].
Waste Management and the Compost Cycle
Are your students interested in learning about food waste prevention and the compost cycle? Check out the video series Waste Management and the Compost Cycle for grades 4th-7th located on the elementary online learning page.