All of our programs employ the award winning Community Action and Problem Solving Process.
The Process develops the civic skills that young people need to make real change while deepening students’ understanding of STEM concepts. It’s a six step process where students identify environmental problems, determine the policies/practices that perpetuate the problem, then implement solutions using civic means. We prioritize youth-adult partnerships, project-based learning, and inquiry.
Earth Force provides professional development and support to local partners and educators in preparation for working with students. To learn more about becoming involved with Earth Force contact earthforce@earthforce.
This Process Overview Graph represents the components of each step and their relationship to one another as a quick reference guide as you work through the Process with your students.
Click on the following links below to get a brief video overview of each Process step:
- Discover: Step 1 – Community Environmental Inventory
- Decide: Step 2 – Issue Selection
- Discover: Step 3 – Policy and Community Practice Research
- Decide: Step 4 – Goal and Strategy Selection
- Act: Step 5 – Planning and Taking Civic Action
- Conclude: Step 6 – Review and Share
Educators across the country use the Process to teach science, engineering, math, and humanities to their students. Earth Force and its partners prepare educators through a blended learning professional development program designed to train and support educators as they help students master science concepts by applying what they learn in the classroom to the problems they find in their communities. Local organizations play a key role in connecting educators to the community, creating hands-on learning experiences, and serving as experts in the local issues.