Current and Past Projects

Current Projects

Citizen-Led Urban Environmental Restoration

  • Natural History Museum of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, Miami, Florida

Through an exploration, with local scientist, of common environmental issues such as invasive species, sea-level rise, urban sprawl, and climate change, high school students in Jamaica and Miami will engage in urban habitat restoration and conservation practices to earn digital badges for completed assignments and activities.

Common Ground: Connecting Community through Gardens 

  • Casa K'inich Children's Museum, Copan, Honduras
  • Monterey County Agricultural & Rural Life Museum, King City, California

To nurture knowledge and awareness of environmental conservation, students between the ages of 9 and 11, teachers, and community service organizations in Honduras and California will engage in the planning and care of an organic garden to forge common bonds around agricultural heritage, cultivate a lifelong appreciation for the natural environment, and educate children about their attendant responsibilities through a gardening curriculum that shares the rich agricultural bounty of these countries.

e-Mammal International

  • Museo de Paleontologia in Mexico, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Bombay Natural History Society, Mumbai, India
  • North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh, North Carolina

E-mammal International unites 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students in a global-citizen-scientist comparative study in Mexico, India, and North Carolina that will employ camera traps in schools to document animal population sizes, activation patterns, and habitat use and use the results to inform an e-Mammal website accessible to a network of scientists worldwide in order to illuminate universal understanding of biodiversity.

Stories from the Home Planet (Historias de nuestro Planeta)

  • Corporación Parque Explora, Medellin, Colombia
  • James Ford Bell Museum of Natural History, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Stories from the Home Planet invites teachers, their K-through-12 students, and the larger local communities to map bilingual planetarium programming and develop a curriculum focusing on the ways in which astronomy can foretell stories on environmental change and impact.

Cities of Peace: Chicago and Phnom Penh 

  • Kraing Ta Chan Community Peace Learning Center, Kus Commune, Cambodia
  • Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, Chicago, Illinois

Teens in Chicago and Phnom Penh will engage in various justice practices, including advanced training for youth peace-builders, production of a documentary film, and a Youth Peace Summit in Phnom Penh, to advance social equality and community healing.

Cultural Repercussions of Climate Change in Two Communities: A Teenage Viewpoint

  • National Museum of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The model WINS (Women in Natural Sciences) program at the Academy of Natural Sciences will serve as a launching point to empower high school girls in Philadelphia and Ulaanbaatar, working in partnership with scientists, to engage in a deeper understanding of climate education through scientific research, discovery, and enrichment; develop an after-school program curriculum about climate change; and will guide the visitor experience as Explainers in  both museums.

Defining Culture in Popular Culture 

  • Pearl S. Buck Museum, Zhenjiang, China
  • Pearl S. Buck House National Historic Landmark, Perkasie, Pennsylvania

Using Pearl S. Buck as inspiration, high school students will unearth stereotypes and prejudices that persist today between the two cultures in the media and popular culture; participate in youth leadership training about creative problem-solving, global vision understanding, and strategic decision-making; and initiate a community service project to champion Buck’s ideals.

Common Notes: Connecting Folk Traditions through Technology

  • "Alexandru Stefulescu" Gorj County Museum, Târgu Jiu, Romania
  • Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences of West Virginia, Charleston,
    West Virginia

Common Notes delves into the roots of folk music in Romania and West Virginia to enrich the lives of teens through the transcendent power of music, a language that has no boundaries, and inspire an online musical mash-up, a synthesis of the assonance and dissonance of their music, as well as public concerts.

By the Work of Her Hands: Textile Arts in Morocco and the United States

  • Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies, Tangier, Morocco
  • The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

College students in Morocco and Philadelphia will document oral histories from female embroidery artists and quilt-makers in the Au Grain de Sesame Collective in Morocco and the Quilters of Color Collective in Brooklyn, New York to weave stories and preserve a legacy of unique textile traditions through an online catalogue of the textile artists' work, an exhibition to be displayed in both locations, and a joint textile project that is a symbolic tapestry of common origins in these distinct textile art forms.

Past Projects