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Discovering the Science of the Environment

IUPUI's Discovering the Science of the Environment (DSE) is an inquiry-based, interactive science education program for central Indiana 5th through 12th grade students and education professionals. Based in water resource and ecological restoration research, this program provides specially designed curriculum and state-of-the-art technology resources to help educators utilize school ground natural areas and nature centers to instruct students in an experiential environment.  Year-round educational program delivery with a mobile science lab, after school science clubs, as well as educator professional development, provide unique opportunities to raise the level of environmental awareness and science aptitude for Indiana youth.

Discovering the Science of the Environment is offered by the Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES) at IUPUI. The program seeks to:

  • fundamentally change the way students and the public view the environment and their role in improving environmental quality;
  • develop scientifically and technologically skilled students and teachers who are engaged in scientific inquiry and;
  • interest students in career pathways in science, math, engineering, and technology.

Opportunities Offered Through Discovering the Science of the Environment

Mobile STEM Lab Programs

September - June 

Equipped with interactive technology tools, web interface, and GIS mapping capabilities, the DSE mobile lab travels to your school to provide FREE educational programming at school ground natural areas. The mobile lab will also be visiting parks and schools during the summer.  Please contact: Leah Wood at or

Professional Development Institutes (summer) 


CEES in conjunction with the IUPUI Department of Earth Sciences is offering a summer Professional Development Institute for teachers in 2017. The Professional Development Institute will assist teachers in the establishment, maintenance, and use of outdoor laboratories on school sites and provide several practical examples and tools that teachers can incorporate into their environmental science education curriculum. Faculty from the IUPUI School of Science, Department of Earth Sciences, will lead the institute. 

Intersession and summer camps with our community partners

Summer programming: IUPUI CEES is partnering with channel 6 weatherman Kevin Gregory to deliver Discovering the Science of the Environment at Summer Weather Camps. 




Contact CEES:
Center for Earth and Environmental Science
723 West Michigan Street, SL 118
Indianapolis, IN 46202