The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has innovative resources and trainings for K–12 teachers that support the teaching of public health. Resources focus on STEM skill development at all grade levels.
Incorporating public health into your classroom, club, or activity can give students hands-on experience doing science, which may boost their academic achievement, help them make science-backed choices throughout their lifetime, and set them on an early course for a promising STEM career.
CDC resources for K–12 teachers are designed to:
- Teach disciplinary core content in public health sciences
- Align with STEM disciplinary core content
- Focus on essential skills, such as problem-solving, critical thinking, innovation, collaboration, and communication
- Implement strategies that engage students in STEM through hands-on experiences and real-life epidemiology and public health scenarios
Topical areas that intersect with environmental science include cleaning the air, making water safe, getting the lead out, climate change & health, and mercury pollution prevention.