The Arizona Center for STEM Teachers provides quality, applicable professional development for Arizona teachers in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The center is housed at the UA’s Biosphere 2 facility in Oracle, Arizona, and is supported by The Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice.
Arizona Project WET Teacher Academies offer professional development that evolves teachers’ instructional practice and water-related content mastery through STEM integration, student-directed learning, real-world and relevant application, and collaborative work.
The Global Environmental Leadership and Sustainability program is an intensive, week-long course that will examine the diverse biomes and climate zones of the unique and iconic Biosphere 2 research facility as well as the surrounding Sonoran Desert.
The Biosphere 2 student tour is designed to both help students appreciate the history of the Biosphere 2 building itself and learn how it is used today to study earth system science. The tour experience includes an up-close look at ongoing research projects, as well as interactions with University of Arizona researchers themselves whenever possible.
The Summer Science Academy at Biosphere 2 is a unique educational experience unlike anything else in the world. Middle and high school students interested in earth and ecosystem sciences, collaboration, and leadership development are invited to spend a week at the iconic Biosphere 2 research facility. Come join the cutting-edge science community at the University of Arizona for a world-class educational adventure!
The Biotechnology Lab for Arizona Students and Teachers (BLAST) lab exists to provide students from Arizona with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a state of the art molecular biology lab. The BLAST lab also provides researchers at the University of Arizona with an established and proven environment in which they can develop outreach programs to expose high school students to molecular biology.
Galapagos Marine Ecology is a summer program for K-12 teachers set in the Galapagos Islands. Over 25 days, participants explore the diverse habitats of the Galapagos Islands, keep a detailed field journal, work with a partner on a field investigation on a plant or animal of their choice, and do a short service project with a local school.
Sponsored by the Department of Entomology in collaboration with the Arizona Cooperative Extension and 4-H, Insect Discovery is an outreach program designed to teach elementary students science concepts through hands-on activities using live and preserved insects. Workshop stations are inquiry-based activities that address topics such as biological diversity, adaptation, and life cycles.
The Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research (LTRR) has many handouts, including K-12 teacher kits, and hands-on demonstrations suitable for many age groups. The laboratory is a widely known and frequently used educational attraction for many types of groups, including classes from primary and secondary schools.
Marine Discovery is an outreach program at the University of Arizona designed to teach Grade 3-8 students about the importance of our oceans. Marine Discovery workshop stations are hands-on, activity-based programs which provide students with the opportunity to work with live marine animals and teaching specimens.