Interactive STEM Learning
Science, technology, engineering and math are subjects that affect the world all around us, but teaching them is too often restricted to the classroom and lab. Our STEM programs change that and provide thoughtful, hands-on ways for teachers and their students to connect these topics to the real world. From geothermal energy in Iceland to robotics in Japan, ACIS’ STEM travel programs can prompt a lifetime of scientific discovery.
Partake in a reforestation service project with a focus on community development and ecological issues in either Costa Rica or Ecuador or collect data as part of coral reef restoration efforts in the Dominican Republic.
Explore alternative energy sources with a tour of a hydroelectric power station in Switzerland or a geothermal power station in Iceland.
Monitor turtles in the Galápagos, whale-watch in the Azores or snorkel with fish in the Canary Islands.
Tour the BMW Factory in Munich or Toyota Mega Web Park in Tokyo for a glimpse into engineering and the latest technological advancements.
Volcanic activity is common in the Azores and Iceland, taking the form of crater lakes, hot springs, geysers and much more.
Research & Healthcare
Visit the Centre of the Cell in London to watch biomedical researchers at work and participate in a workshop on careers in science and health.
My students learned so much about clean energy and climate change. Many of them stated that their perspective on the environment completely changed due to this trip.”
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STEM Classroom Activity – Human Genome Sequencing
This two-part activity is intended for science teachers who wish to introduce their students to the Human Genome Project, both in its significance to scientific discovery and the broader effects on society.
STEM Classroom Activity – Invasive Species “Wanted” Poster
This lesson plan gives students insight into the global nature of the invasive species problem and helps them find innovative ways to help solve this ongoing issue.
STEM Classroom Activity – The Mediterranean Diet
This two-part lesson plan incorporates science with international cuisine, allowing students to learn about the diet’s ancient origins and its positive impacts on human health.
5 of the Most Biodiverse Countries in the World
Consider centering a lesson plan around the rare “megadiverse” countries, which must house at least 5,000 species of endemic plants and include a marine ecosystem on its borders to be considered as such.
Costa Rican Rainforests
ACIS Tour Managers Herson Guevara and Franz Nietzen take you on a hike to the Costa Rican Rainforest! Join them, and discover the biodiversity of the Braulio Carrillo National Park, and see for yourself how the community of Monteverde manages life with no tourism in current times.