The overarching goal of IANR's Science Literacy is to help members of society develop an enhanced capacity, both at the individual and collective levels to make decisions grounded in science-informed analyses of complex, real-world systems and their associated challenges.

The lessons provided here are focused on various aspects of science literacy including:

  • Food, Fuel, Water, Landscapes and People Nexus - Supports student understanding of the interconnections among these systems and their human dimensions
  • Science Informed Decision-Making - Supports student engagement in decision-making based on science and/or a scientific process
  • Community Science - Supports student engagement in scientific research to help solve community and/or global-scale questions
  • Systems Thinking - Supports student engagement in systems thinking
  • children scooping seeds out of bucket
    Improving school garden soil with cover crops
  • children carrying a large plant
    Harvesting veggies from the school garden
  • child handling a monarch butterfly
    Citizen science project tagging monarch butterflies
  • a light sensor
    Light sensing with the BBC micro:bit
  • a light sensor on Graph paper
    Creating abstract garden icons
  • child inspecting a light sensor
    Coding BBC micro:bits as environmental sensors
  • Afterschool staff coding soil moisture sensors
    Afterschool staff coding soil moisture sensors
  • Students inspecting seeds
    Observing inherited traits in seeds
  • two teachers giving thumbs up
    Teacher professional development focused on pollinators in high school biology
  • post-it notes on a wall
    Defining "sustainability" in ag ecosystems
  • A solar panel controlling water pumping into a bucket
    Exploring solar-powered energy for irrigation
  • model of a center pivot
    Engineering a center pivot