MEE works with K-12 schools in Montgomery and Frederick County and other locations in the Metropolitan Washington and Baltimore region. MEE’s variety of educational and enriching programs includes hands-on exploratory learning and collaboration. With each lesson, MEE provides the educators, lesson materials, and experiential learning opportunities.
During 2019, 4,804 students and 576 teachers and parent chaperones from 21 schools and programs participated in 13,775 hours of interactive learning about energy, watersheds, stream ecology, plants, and agriculture. MEE offers three types of science and educational programs, all of which include hands-on interactive experiments and activities. MEE provides the educators, lesson materials, and supplies.
IN-CLASS FIELD TRIPS
1st Grade – Watts Up
Explore electricity, energy sources, watts, and ways to conserve. This lesson combines an overall hour presentation with an additional 45 minutes of staff and student run learning stations.
2nd Grade – Away We Grow (Part 1)
Mountainside’s tractor “Mighty Mac” leads students through an interactive flip chart outlining the life cycle of a plant and habitat needs. Students determine more about a plant’s habitat and life cycle stages through planting and observation journals.
5th Grade and Up – Power It Up
A hypothesized driven lesson that allows students to design, construct, and test model wind turbines while delving deeper into the scientific process.
MOUNTAINSIDE FIELD TRIPS
K – Journey of a Raindrop
Discover the different paths a raindrop takes on its journey through the water cycle. Students will witness earth as a natural filter and follow a raindrop down to our creek, for a creek walk.
2nd Grade – Away We Grow (Part 2)
Students develop a deeper understanding of habitat and the life cycle of a plant as they compete in our habitat game, become detectives on our habitat hike, and transplant their own classroom grown plants into the garden.
4th Grade – Creek Scene Investigator (CSI)
Learn about the Chesapeake Bay watershed and take part in a macro-invertebrate study. Students transform into citizen scientists as they examine the north branch of Bennett Creek for macro-invertebrates. They compile data and work together to determine the health of the creek.
5th Grade – May the Force be with You
Grasp the understanding of potential and kinetic energy as you harness into our Giant Swing. Learn more about Newton’s Laws and Pendulums as you swing back and forth from 30 feet in the air.
Other Virtual Field Trips & Lessons
Reactions with Professor Ross – Exploring chemical reactions.
To schedule or learn more about MEE’s Science and Environmental Education offering please visit our Contact Us page or contact Shannon Richardson, Director of Outdoor and Environmental Education at firstname.lastname@example.org.