GreenSTEM@VCU integrates science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education with a focus on energy and the environment using service-learning techniques for middle school science, mathematics and technology teachers.

GreenSTEM’s video series highlights STEM education in action through various activities implemented with middle school students.

About GreenSTEM


Middle School students participate in service-learning courses, integrating key scientific concepts to address community-identified needs.

Download the Service-Learning Unit packet (PDF)


Students enhance their schools and communities while preserving trees and forests while participating in service-learning projects.

Download the Partnerships Unit packet (PDF)

Youth Voice

Middle school students develop community connections and leadership skills through service-learning projects.

Download the Youth Voice Unit packet (PDF)


Service-learning doesn’t end when the community service project is complete. Students reflect on their experiences through journaling and group reflections.

Download the Reflection Unit packet (PDF)

Alternative Energy

Today’s students learn about using a balance of energy sources that includes renewable and alternative energy.

Download the Alternative Energy Unit packet (PDF)

Solar Energy

Students learn to create solar cells to capture the sun’s energy and transform it into electricity.

Download the Solar Energy Unit packet (PDF)


Students learn about water runoff and the effects pollution has on our water systems.

Download the Runoff Unit packet (PDF)

Carbon Sequestration

Students in middle school investigate how trees can offset carbon dioxide emissions.

Download the Carbon Sequestration Unit packet (PDF)

Download the Carbon Mass Calculation Spreadsheet (Excel)

This material is based upon work supported by the Corporation for National and Community Service under Learn and Serve America Grant No. 09KSSVA002. Opinions or points of view expressed in this document are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Corporation or the Learn and Serve America Program.