Breaking Down Barriers

Supporting Community Engagement and Effective Science Communication

Over the years, NCSE has developed and field-tested many climate change and evolution activities, from The Evolution of the Flu to Rising Tides. They’ve been used effectively across the country, engaging thousands of participants to help them overcome misconceptions and misinformation they may have about evolution and climate change. Detailed descriptions of each activity are available online, including how-to videos and resource lists. (Note: You are responsible for purchasing any necessary materials beyond what is downloadable. We strive to make the materials as affordable and accessible as possible.)

April 2, 2020
Activity Kit
What are some of the best ways to clean contaminated rivers and streams? From Dirty to Clean helps participants discover different passive remediation options, such as the use of limestone, plants, and bacteria.
April 2, 2020
Activity Kit
Every Little Thing is a card game about species interactions. It contains 36 sturdy, full color cards that are easy to take with you anywhere and can be used in multiple ways with any number of participants.
March 31, 2020
Article
Due to the spread of coronavirus, millions of parents and guardians are finding themselves having to take on the role of parent and teacher this spring.
March 26, 2020
Article
This activity demonstrates how agriculture affects water systems in the form of runoff. It also illustrates how weather (short-term atmospheric conditions) and climate (long-term atmospheric behavior) affect choices farmers make to manage their crop growth while preventing excess runoff.
March 26, 2020
Activity Kit
In this activity, participants will learn about the evolution of dog domestication, as well as crop domestication, in this hands-on, carnival-themed game. Watch wolves change into dogs before your very eyes! Taste ancient food that predates domestication! Explore our archaeological test pit!
March 26, 2020
Activity Kit
In this fun and illuminating activity, participants learn that the ocean presents a strong selective environment for bioluminescence — a trait that has evolved in the oceans over 40 t
March 19, 2020
Article
Due to the spread of coronavirus, millions of parents and guardians are finding themselves having to take on the role of parent and teacher this spring.
March 13, 2020
Activity Kit
Designed primarily for learners ages eight and older, To Lose A Tooth presents an evolutionary puzzle focused on human teeth. Participants will explore how natural selection, sexual selection, gene flow, and isolation result in genetic diversity.
February 13, 2020
Article
It took less than five minutes to destroy my YouTube recommendations.
January 29, 2020
Activity Kit
Climate change affects ecosystems in multiple ways.
January 7, 2020
Activity Kit
Dinosaurs, pterosaurs, birds, oh my! Explore the evolution of flight with a phylogenetic tree of prehistoric and living creatures. Use character-trait observations and DNA sequences as evidence to re-create the tree and solve the mystery.
December 5, 2019
Activity Kit
In Case of Cellulose dives into the digestive tracts of four species - human, panda, horse and cow; and explores how cellulose is digested differently.
October 21, 2019
Activity Kit
Misconceptions about evolution are addressed in Geology Park as participants must travel a scaled model of deep time. In addition to exploring the radiations of important phylogenetic groups, participants can also collect data useful in reconstructing the past.
October 18, 2019
Article
Mammals exhibit remarkable variety in their sense of hearing; from elephants communicating with infrasonic sounds to bats navigating their environment through echolocation calls at ultrasonic frequencies, many non-human mammals hear outside the typical human hearing range.
September 27, 2019
Activity Kit
This project uses Climatograms to determine change in precipitation over the last 100 years, using Pittsburgh, PA as a reference point. Participants pick a time point and build the precipitation for that year using counting cubes.

Become a DIYSci Affiliate

DIYSci Affiliates (formerly Science Booster Clubs) lead science activities in communities that may not have strong connections to science learning opportunities. Run by local volunteers, DIYSci Affiliates hold activities in publicly accessible places, such as libraries, farmers’ markets, and community centers. DIYSci Affiliates can make use of fully stocked activity kits sent quarterly by NCSE, as well as any of the materials available for download on this page. Love science and communicating science with kids? Then consider organizing a DIYSci Affiliate.

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