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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: Virginia Ranly at or

Professional Development Institutes (summer) 


The Professional Development Institute assists teachers in the establishment, maintenance, and use of outdoor laboratories on school sites and provides several practical examples and tools that teachers can incorporate into their environmental science education curriculum.  There is no Professional Development Institutes planned for summer 2019. 

Intersession and summer camps with our community partners

Summer programming: IUPUI CEES is partnering with channel 6 weatherman Kevin Gregory to deliver elements of Discovering the Science of the Environment in conjunction with Kevin's Summer Weather Camps.  Summer 2019 Weather Camps will take place at the Indianapolis Public Library - College Avenue branch (July 10), Hancock County Public Library in Greenfield (July 17), Carmel-Clay Public Library in Carmel (July 24), and Westfield Washington Public Library in Westfield (July 31). 




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