Art & Science in One (AS1), CSV’s only outdoor program, earned recognition for outstanding environmental education from the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) in May. CSV was one of eight nonprofit organizations across the state honored with an EEA award. CSV is currently seeking new volunteers for a summer edition of the program (Application materials here; register here).
View photos of the program in action here.
“The environmental programs and educators honored today provide hands-on learning opportunities in STEM fields that prepare their students for success,” said Governor Charlie Baker in a news release regarding the award. “Our administration is proud to recognize the dedicated Massachusetts teachers and nonprofit educators who go above and beyond what is required to get their students interested in studying energy and the environment.”
AS1 brings a full classroom of elementary students to Fresh Pond every spring for a series of nature journaling sessions. Student are coached and mentored one-to-one by trained CSV volunteer mentors.
“My students gain a lot from this program both academically and personally.”— Tobin Montessori School Upper Elementary Teacher Susan Grassey
“The level of engagement of the students is high and the relationship building with their adult volunteer is something that not all children are exposed to,” says Susan Grassey, the Upper Elementary Montessori teacher who has hosted the program every year to date. “My students gain a lot from this program both academically and personally. It is awesome to see a student who is not really an artist develop observational and drawing skills through the mentoring they receive from their adult volunteer.”
AS1, which will be called Art & Science at Compass (ASC) in its summer iteration, focuses on building basic science practices and sparking interest in science at a key juncture in early adolescence.
“Strengthening environmental education in our schools is crucial to our students’ future successes in STEM fields, and our state’s economy.”—Commonwealth of Massachusetts Education Secretary James Peyser, at the EEA awards ceremony
Art & Science at Compass offers a unique opportunity to volunteer in a Cambridge Public Schools program outside of the school year. A single classroom of fourth-graders will participate this summer. The Summer Compass program, sited at Tobin Montessori School, enrolls CPS elementary school students of all abilities and provides a field experience for Lesley University student teachers mentored by experienced educators. Two hours of training is required for CSV volunteers, with instruction provided by longtime AS1 drawing instructor, science illustrator Erica Beade. The program begins on July 24 and meets for a total of four sessions, each two hours in length, on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. To read more about ASC or to register as a volunteer, visit artsciencesummer.eventbrite.com.