Benjamin Franklin Middle School students at Teaneck Creek in New Jersey

Video Series: Greening STEM in Action

NEEF partnered with the Teaneck Creek Conservancy, Samsung, and Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Teaneck, New Jersey, to engage 7th-grade students in a water quality monitoring project and 8th-grade students in a macroinvertebrate and biomonitoring study at their local watershed. Our video series gives a glimpse into how educators, administrators, and students felt about the project.

Student Excitement

Students at Benjamin Franklin Middle School share their excitement at the prospect of going out into the field and working outside of the classroom for this project.

Administrative Challenges

Administration and staff members at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, Teaneck Creek Conservancy, and other partnering agencies discuss some of the challenges in bringing students out to the project site for their Greening STEM studies.


Here's how a number of different groups, including the Teaneck Creek Conservancy and corporate partner Samsung, came together to help make this project possible.

Students and Their Local Environment

Benjamin Franklin Middle School students share their views on the importance of the environment.

Outdoor Classroom

Students, faculty, and administrators talk about what it was like to work in an outdoor classroom.

Recap and Review

Though the project was unfortunately cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, Benjamin Franklin Middle School Principal Terrence Williams (and others) discuss how the Greening STEM approach is an important first step to increasing student engagement in the classroom and with the environment.

If you are interested in learning more about NEEF’s Greening STEM approach, including how you can apply this style of learning at your school or organization, please visit our Greening STEM Hub page.

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