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preK-12 Green Boxes

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17+ Years of Outreach and Education 

Green Boxes are self-contained teaching kits that provide educators with all of the supplies necessary to conduct each activity.


About our Green Boxes

Training & Workshops

Mission NGSS K-8 grades

Date:  Jul 31-Aug 1, 2017 
Venue: DRI, Las Vegas
Join us as we learn to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards into your classroom.

Mission NGSS

Date:  May 19-21, 2017 
Venue: Grizzly Creek Ranch, CA.
Join us as we learn to incorporate Next Generation Science Standards into your classroom.

Force of Water - Elko

Date:  April 28, 2017 
Venue: High Tech Center @ Great Basin College, Elko
Explore the Forces of Water and learn about the effects of flooding and more.

Drone Experience Program


Watch this great video that showcases our partnership with Dilworth STEM Academy and our drone experience with Drone America!

Beyond the Disciplines

ScienceAlive supports preK-12 educators by providing inquiry based STEM Curriculum through our Green Boxes, Teacher Trainings and Workshops, and by offering special opportunities to our participants.

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Green Boxes
413 schools
40 different subjects
Free supplies, lessons, and equipment
NGSS Alignment
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2,109 teachers
In-service credits available
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Recent News

June 08, 2017

NVantage: STEM Advancement through UAS Curriculum & Discovery for Nevada Teachers and Learners

Thanks to funds from the Nevada NASA Space Grant, a group of secondary STEM teachers were able to take part in a multi-faceted program designed to inspire learning engagement by encouraging teachers to incorporate drones in the classroom.The effort was developed and led by aviation instructors and other educators from Clark County School District (CCSD), Nevada State College (NSC), and the Desert Research Institute (DRI). The resulting lesson plans, including materials needed to implement them, will be shared across Nevada. This is accomplished through the grant’s support for a circulating “Green Box” kit designed and managed by the Desert Research Institute to help teachers capitalize on this innovative use of drones in the curriculum.

April 13, 2017

Celebrating over 15 years of science in the classroom

DRI Science Alive Program launches new brand, new tools for Nevada’s teachers 

Reno, Nev. – Building on nearly two decades of science education and outreach across Nevada, the Desert Research Institute today announced a new brand and renewed focus for its preK-12 outreach program. 

DRI’s Science Alive program – formerly known as Green Power – has expanded its reach to provide Nevada’s preK-12 educators with a comprehensive set of modern tools and resources focused on science-based, environmental education.

April 03, 2017

Science Alive to host 2nd Annual - "May Science Be With You" - May 4, 2017 - Las Vegas

We are very excited to announce our 2nd Annual - "May Science Be With You" event scheduled for May 4, 2017 at the Desert Research Institute's Las Vegas Campus. 

The ScienceAlive Team

Our talented team of administrators supports Nevada's preK-12 educators in science-based, environmental education by providing the tools, resources, and knowledge they need, so all students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work, live and contribute in our community.

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Meet the Talent

Amelia Gulling
Amelia Gulling
K-12 STEM Education Manager
Mackenzie Peterson
Mackenzie Peterson
Green Box Administrator
Leah Madison
Leah Madison
Green Box Coordinator
Craig Rosen
Craig Rosen
Community Relations and Professional Development Administrator


The program does a great job providing materials and training for teachers to help improve science and STEM instructions in Nevada classrooms.

David Crowther, Ph.D.
Executive Director Raggio Research Center for STEM Education, Professor of Science Education, University of Nevada, Reno
The (ScienceAlive) team has worked tirelessly to develop and improve classroom ready resources and build capacity for teacher support and implementation.

Kristopher Carroll
K-12 Regional Science Trainer, Southern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program
My 5th grade colleagues have enjoyed the activities and ideas that I have shared with them from the trainings that DRI has held so far this year. The ideas that I brought back from the training The Innovator Within helped my team develop several activities that are beginning to meet the Engineering Practices for our grade level. My colleagues need hands-on learning activities so they are able to understand what the standards document is saying. The trainings that I have attended so far have allowed my team and I to work and plan activities using a common language in order to understand the standards documents.

Latanya Robinson
Teacher, Bennett Elementary School