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  • Camille Rivera headshot

    Striving for a Sustainable World

    April 2021

    For environmental engineer Camille Rivera, protecting the environment has always been a top priority. She is from Puerto Rico and growing up on an island taught her how big an impact events such as hurricanes can have on the environment.

  • Illustration of cover art for The Teacher-Friendly Guide to Climate Change

    Spreading the Word: How One Book Is Shifting the Climate Change Conversation

    April 2021

    The Teacher-Friendly Guide™ to Climate Change, a textbook released by the Paleontological Research Institution (PRI), was published with an ambitious goal: to get into the hands of every public high school science teacher in the country.

  • Illustration showing ocean acidification

    Exploring Ocean Acidification Easily and Affordably

    April 2021

    Climate change is the cause of a number of devastating consequences facing our planet. However, one often overlooked problem keeping the environmental science community busy right now is ocean acidification.

  • Illustration of wind turbines

    Promoting Renewable Energy and Creating Hands-on Learning Opportunities

    April 2021

    Introducing renewable energy concepts to students is essential when teaching them how to combat climate change. Learning about renewable energy helps students apply principles in engineering, technology, and science to cultivate sustainable energy resources for the world.

  • Illustration of students holding signs

    Facilitating Climate Change Action: An Interview with Alliance for Climate Education

    April 2021

    Climate change is one of the biggest challenges facing our world. Combating this crisis will require a truly collaborative effort at every level if our society is going to ensure a healthy and vibrant planet for generations to come.

  • Photo-illustration of students from Manhattan Catholic Schools

    Engineering in Action: How Middle School Students Created a Tech-Enabled Garden

    April 2021

    Tyson Vrbas is always seeking out new and interesting ways to engage his middle school students in robotics, a subject he has now taught for 20 years at Manhattan Catholic Schools in Manhattan, Kansas. When he learned about the Vernier Engineering Award, he wanted his submission to demonstrate student collaboration on a robotics project that also connected to the real world.

  • Illustration of a data trace over the skyline of Nashville

    Watch: We Explore Heat Islands Around Nashville, Tennessee

    April 2021

    Have you noticed more greenery such as grass and trees planted around—and even on top of—new buildings in urban areas? Engineers and architects are leading these efforts to help combat a scientific phenomenon called the heat island.

The Caliper started as a printed, biannual newsletter in 1984. See the evolution of STEM education over 37 years.