Science Alive


“Science Alive always has useful information presented in engaging ways that gives teachers a motivational boost and offers excellent resources to help bring hands on lessons to their students. I thank you for all you do!”- Clark County School District Teacher from the Follow the Waste Stream Teacher Training 2017

Program Type

Curriculum/Instructional Materials
Teacher Development/Training
Hands on/Project-Based

Target Audience

All Students

Low Socio-Economic Status

Teachers/Educational Leaders




Pre-K - 5
Grades 6 - 8
Grades 9 - 12

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Program Impact

For more than a decade, our education and outreach program has made tremendous strides in program expansion statewide. Since 2012, the program grew more than 300% from 106 schools in to over 400 schools. Over 80,000 students and thousands of educators statewide have already been impacted through the Science Alive, which provides critically needed curriculum and learning support.


Program Overview

The Desert Research Institutes’ Science Alive offers Nevada's educators a continuum of support, including our innovative and unique subject-based Green Boxes, teacher trainings, school support, and community education and engagement.

Teacher trainings prepare educators to bring emerging STEM topics into the classroom, and Green Boxes offer problem-based, hands-on, and inquiry-based learning opportunities that are collaborative and require innovation to solve problems. These resources empower teachers to practice and foster 21st century skills with their students. 

How To Get Involved

DRI’s Science Alive offers many opportunities for sponsorship of Green Boxes and/or teacher trainings that aligns with selected STEM education priorities.

  • $5,000-$15,000 for sponsorship of a teacher professional development training
  • $10,000-$20,000 for the creation of a new Green Box

Science Alive also regularly draw on local STEM professional, who share their expertise during field-or classroom-based interactions with students, or at teacher trainings.

Other options for participation include funding other special project opportunities such as; A Girl Day of STEM, DRI research fieldtrips, and summer research experience for teachers and students or geographic expansion into other states. 

Funders and Partners
  1. NV Energy Foundation
  2. Southwest Gas
  3. Power Shift by NV Energy
  4. Robert S and Dorothy J Keyser Foundation
  5. Nevada Space Grant
  6. Nevada Department of Education
  7. Nevada Division of Environmental Protection
  8. Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (Nevada)
  9. United Way of Sierra Nevada
  10. National Water Resource Institute


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Design Principles

The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against the Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.

  • Accomplished
  • Developing
  • Undeveloped

Overarching Principles

  • Need

    Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.

  • Evaluation

    Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.

  • Sustainability

    Ensure work is sustainable.

  • Replication and Scalability

    Demonstrate replicability and scalability.

  • Partnerships

    Create high impact partnerships

  • Capacity

    Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.

STEM Principles

  • Challenging and Relevant Content

    Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience

  • STEM Practices

    Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.

  • Inspiration

    Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.

  • Under-Represented Groups

    Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.