Updated: Jun 9, 2021
Explore different avenues to becoming an environmental steward and problem-solver!
As Earth Day approaches, we can reflect on our own impacts on the planet and find ways to be more sustainable. Our exhibit Solve for Exhibit will be a place to explore challenges that our environment faces, take action, and inspire hope. You can visit our virtual sneak peak of Solve for Earth to learn about some of the scientists and emerging technologies taking action to address climate change! What will you do next to help the Earth?
Here are some of our favorite activities to focus your problem-solving skills on the natural world and explore careers that help the environment!
1. Go for a nature walk
Enjoy the outdoors and get inspiration for our Biomimicry Mash-Up activity. Use your observational skills as an engineer to notice natural organisms and their unique features, then brainstorm and design a human invention inspired by nature!
2. Reinvent natural materials
Be a materials scientist and harness the sustainable polymers in seaweed to make your own colorful string creations with our Algae String activity!
3. Filter out the trash
Put your environmental engineer hats on to protect our waterways by designing a storm drain that will catch trash in our Building a Storm Drain activity!
4. Help wildlife
Take on the role of a wildlife conservationist in our Caution! Wildlife Crossing activity as you design a road crossing for a wild animal. Help them cross human barriers safely so they can find the resources they need to survive.
5. Explore environmental impacts
Explore the impact of building a hydroelectric dam in your town in our Responsible Reservoirs activity. Act out cause-and-effect scenarios as the town’s mayor.
6. Harness solar energy
In our Cooking with the Sun activity, you’ll use a natural source of energy – the sun – to make s’mores! You’ll not only be a solar engineer and chef, you’ll also enjoy a yummy treat in no time!