Community education is an essential piece to an environmentally, socially and economically prosperous world. Beyond Benign seeks to educate the community to inspire future scientists and to create more informed consumers and voters who are able to support a growing industrial market based in concepts of Green Chemistry and sustainability.
Beyond Benign’s team of educators & College Fellows interface with community groups to increase awareness of Green Chemistry and to increase science literacy. Regionally, Beyond Benign participates in the following activities:
- K - 12 After School Mentoring
- College & University visits and seminars
- Science Fairs
- Community-based informational events
- Beyond Benign newsletter for Green Chemistry
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Congratulations to Siemens 2014
"We Can Change the World Challenge"
National Finalists: Fuel Economists
Congratulatiobs to the Acton Boxborough High School & the Advanced Math and Science Academy charter school in Marlboro "Fuel Economists" 2014 High School National Finalists in the Siemens "We can Change the World Challenge".
Outreach: Field Trips
Regional middle, high schools and colleges/universities are encouraged to contact and schedule your field trips for the next academic year by contacting us at email@example.com/home/ or 978.229.5454.
Field Trip Outreach Options [PDF]
2013 Summer Outreach Highlights
This summer the Beyond Benign team led a variety of green chemistry activities and experiences across greater Boston at several Boston Public Libraries and Boston Greenfest. The BB outreach team consisted of Sarah McCarron, a Gordon College chemistry major; Ben Stewart, a University of New Hampshire chemistry graduate student; and Edison Duran, Luilly Gonzalez, Darwyn Joseph, and Angell Flores all Salem State Upward Bound Interns.
Ben and Sarah were leaders in assisting our high school interns and many outreach events. Students who attended the Boston Public Library Events learned about ocean acidification, green chemistry solutions for sequestering CO2 and made their own ice cream using dry ice. The Salem State Upward Bound Interns were given the opportunity to work in the lab and learn about the importance of green chemistry, and were then able to share the knowledge that they had obtained with the public and other students in the community.
Bringing Science to Life: Hands-on STEM Experiments in Your Classroom
Greater Boston, MA
February 29-March 13, 2016
Beyond Benign is teaming up with EMD Millipore & Sigma Aldrich to promote and recruit schools and organizations. The program is looking to partner teams of volunteer STEM professionals with schools and organizations to provide hands-on science experiences for K-12 students. Example lessons include:
- Chemiluminescence & Glowsticks
- Water Filtration & Filter Design
- DNA Exploration
- Custom Fragrance Creation
The program is FREE and access to additional follow-up extension materials aligned to NGSS is available. To register your class or school for this experience visit:
Bringing Science to Life
Beyond Benign Outreach Fellows & ACS Undergraduate Students Reach Out to D.C. Kids
San Rafael, CA (October 16-18, 2015)
Bioneers is an innovative nonprofit educational organization that highlights breakthrough solutions for restoring people and planet. Beyond Benign has partnered with Bioneers to coordinate the first Family Fair during the upcoming Bioneers Conference.
The conference features a hub of social and scientific innovators with practical and visionary solutions for the world’s most pressing environmental and social challenges. Join us at the Family Fair to experience some of the country’s top nature-inspired education masters for all kinds of fun!
For more information about the event, visit the website:
Bioneers Family Fair
Congratulations to our Friends @ Young Einstein's Science Club!
Patrick Administration Recognizes 27 Programs for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education
BOSTON – Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan today honored 27 energy and environmental education programs at the 20th Annual Secretary's Awards for Excellence in Energy and Environmental Education. During a State House ceremony, Secretary Sullivan recognized 22 schools and 5 nonprofits across Massachusetts.
“We are proud to recognize the students, teachers and nonprofits raising awareness about energy and environmental issues affecting Massachusetts and the planet,” said Secretary Sullivan. “The ideas, research and knowledge being recognized today show the forward-thinking of our youth and how ready they are for the challenges ahead.”
For more information about the award, and to read the full press release, visit the website:
Excellence in Education - Mass.Gov
Annual Community Events:
- Museum of Science, Boston ::
Green Chemistry Day
Learn about sustainable science through hands-on and interactive activities featuring Beyond Benign Green Chemistry Outreach Fellows and Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge winners.
This event allows students of all ages to interact with college students dedicated to sustainability. Attendees can perform hands-on activities, learn about careers and educational paths in sustainability, and meet college-age sustainability award winners. Hands-on activities include making solar energy devices using blackberries, playing biomimicry matching games, and creating bio-based glue.
Free entrance for after school programs
Free to everyone with Exhibit Halls admission.
- Boston GreenFest
Beyond Benign is pleased to participate in Boston GreenFest each year. Hundreds of kids and their parents participated in activities on Boston City Plaza. Student Outreach Fellows and staff engaged participants with activities on sustainable energy and Biomimicry as a source of inspiration for greener products. As the region's largest multicultural environmental festival, Boston GreenFest celebrates the many ways we can create a better world by greening our lives and our communities.
For examples of outreach events, seminars, conferences and workshops, check our events page: