A unique approach
This series is meant to create a transformational learning experience for students and their teachers by incorporating best practices for teaching environmental science and applying design thinking in the classroom. Flipside Science...
Inspires action with a positive, solution-oriented message. Flipside Science empowers students to make choices that positively impact their communities while teaching them about important environmental science concepts with engaging videos and design thinking challenges.
Teaches critical thinking. Students learn how to define problems, evaluate evidence, and decide what they think about environmental issues. They are empowered and inspired to engineer their own solutions to complex problems.
Fosters collaboration. Flipside Science gives students the opportunity to learn from their peers and work with others to solve problems collaboratively.
Acknowledges the complexity of environmental issues. This series connects humans to their environment and helps students understand that there are no easy nor singular solutions—environmental problems are complex.
Highlights youth voice. Flipside Science is hosted by high school students from the Academy’s own Youth Programs. Middle schoolers can relate to teen narrators as near peers, versus adult narrators.
Is easy to implement in the classroom. Free and available online, the series currently features three fully-developed teaching units. Student worksheets that accompany each lesson in the food and water units are available in English, Spanish, and both Simplified and Traditional Chinese. The short modular videos also allow flexibility in the use of distinct Flipside Science materials.