K-12 Outreach

During the academic year (Sep-Jun), our graduate student and postdocs volunteer for monthly presentations at local middle schools and various educational organizations via the Climate Literacy Empowerment and Inquiry (CLEAN) organization. Our graduate students are also actively involved in CLEAN leadership and the design and development of carbon cycle curriculum for six grade science classes. If you are an Earth System Science student or researcher at UCI and would like to become involved, please visit sites.uci.edu/clean/

CLEAN and the Czimczik lab also celebrate Earth Day at Vista Verde K-8 school in Irvine. Interactive displays let visitors explore rocks and minerals, discover how soils recycle our waste and clean our drinking water, and understand how carbon affects the oceans. Visitors connect with Earth Scientists and see the technology used to study our amazing planet. Don’t miss our next event, open to all Vista Verde families, on April 29, 2019.

Families from Vista Verde K-8 school in Irvine, CA learn about the rock cycle and ocean acidification during the 2018 Earth Day celebration.


Our group also participates in the Laboratory Experiments and Activities in the Physical Sciences (LEAPS) program. Middle school students visit the campus (incl. undergraduate housing) and spend two one-hour sessions in active research labs doing hands-on science activities with UCI faculty and students.  If your school is interested in participating in LEAPS, please contact Lori Greene: legreene@uci.edu

Students from Sierra Middle School in Santa Ana, CA learn about the carbon cycle during a “Day at College” event.