EarthGen STEM Seminar: The Future of Food

EarthGen STEM Seminar: The Future of Food

Tue, February 15 2:00 PM - Tue, March 29 2022 5:00 PM


  • Becky Bronstein
  • Dr. Kat Huybers
  • Melissa Amhrein


Come learn with EarthGen in this virtual professional development opportunity designed for teachers in NEWESD. Teachers will explore the complex challenges exacerbated by climate change in our food system, such as water use, and what action they can take with their students.  Through asynchronous and synchronous learning, participants will have a chance to authentically engage with activities and experts as they grow their understanding of how climate change has and will impact their community. Analyze and interpret recent climate science data with Dr. Kat Huybers, a climate scientist and lecturer from the University of Washington.

Teachers will leave this training with increased preparedness to facilitate climate science-focused activities using the science & engineering practices of developing and using models, analyzing and interpreting data and constructing explanations and designing solutions. Teachers will learn from professionals in their region who are doing work to combat this climate change impact in an effort to prepare them with resources to spur action. Additionally, this training aligns with the Agriculture Sciences and STEM CTE pathways. 

Teachers will receive a $150 stipend from the ESD upon completion of the entire 10 hour STEM Seminar experience, along with 10 STEM Clock Hours provided by EarthGen. Teachers will have until April 5th (one week after the last session) to complete all asynchronous work, before clock hours and stipends are processed. 


Agenda: Note: All asynchronous work via Canvas

Asynchronous Pre-Work- 2 hours

  • Climate101 videos with questions

  • Introduction of topic 

  • Create initial model on topic

Synchronous Session 1- 1.5 hours

  • 4-4:30: Introductions, community building, demonstration of SEL around climate grief

  • 4:30-5: Present anchoring case study, update models

  • 5:15-5:30: Explanation of data activity and close out

Asynchronous In-Between Work- 2 hours

  • Data activity- Review climate science data figures (i.e. charts, graphs etc.) on topic, plus search for grade level appropriate figure

    • Share examples of where to look

    • Update models

Synchronous Session 2- 1.5 hours

  • 4-4:45: Additional demonstration of SEL around climate grief, review of data activity by Dr. Kat Huybers

  • 4:45-5:15: Presentation by area professional working in climate action, plus solutions activity, update models

  • 5:15-5:30: Explanation of implementation work and close out

Asynchronous Implementation Work- 2 hours

  • Try out something with students 

    • Practice an activity learned from the STEM Seminar with students

      • Hook activity

      • Modeling

      • Data activity

      • Solutions activity

    • Find your own case study

    • Take your students outside—Field STEM

    • Writing exercise- technical & social-cultural-historical connections

  • Document via Canvas and upload a student artifact

Event Notes

Teachers must attend all synchronous Zoom sessions and complete all asynchronous work to receive their stipend and clock hours.

Clock Hours: 10 STEM Clock Hours provided by EarthGen. EarthGen does not have access to pdEnroller so teachers’ clock hours will not show up via this platform. Teachers will receive a form at the end of the professional development experience. Teachers can input this information directly to their E-Certification platform.

Note: By participating in EarthGen’s professional development, teachers opt in to receive newsletters, event updates, and general information. Please let an EarthGen staff person know at the training if you would not like to be added to the mailing list.

Learning Targets:

  1. Develop teachers’ understanding of global climate change and its local impacts.

  2. Demonstrate NGSS and Ambitious Science Teaching (AST) core practices 

    1. Targeted Science & Engineering Practices: 

      1. Developing and Using Models

      2. Analyzing and Interpreting Data

      3. Constructing Explanations

    2. Tracking student understanding (i.e. Models)

    3. Engaging in student discourse

    4. Develop explanations and design solutions

  3. Prepare teachers to plan and implement a teaching strategy, activity, or content area at school with students. 

  4. Teachers will plan for and/or practice a strategy or bring a content-specific topic to their students and will share out at a follow-up session.


  • Tue, February 15 2022
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Canvas - 2 hr self-paced before synchronous session 2/15. Available in Canvas 2/1
  • Tue, February 15 2022
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Tue, March 1 2022
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Canvas - 2 hr self-paced between synchronous sessions
  • Tue, March 1 2022
    4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Tue, March 29 2022
    2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Canvas - 2 hr self-paced between synchronous sessions
  • Tue, March 29 2022
    4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


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