By Elen Evans

STEM Ginger Education

Nature-based projects through English

Elen Evans

Hello and a very big welcome to STEM Ginger Education!

My name is Elen Evans and I founded STEM Ginger Education after many years working as an educator in different countries. Being a graduate in natural sciences, passionate and determined to make a real difference as to how we are treating the environment, I set up STEM Ginger Education to bring people together from around the globe to do just that!

I am a DELTA and CELTYL qualified English Language teacher and I have been working in this field for over twenty years: at The British Council in Italy, Egypt and Spain, and at International House in Portugal and Spain.

I see real value in having a common language to enable us all to work together, and English is considered to be one of the top languages  needed in travel and tourism, as well as in academia. I founded STEM Ginger Education to bridge the gap between subject learning and English language learning in fun, inspiring and motivating ways:

“With STEM Ginger Education, we find ways of experiencing the living natural world through English.

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Elen Evans
STEM Ginger Education Founder

I truly believe we need to raise awareness of just how  possible and easy it is to change things in a beneficial way for the natrual world and for all species, from Calyptorhynchus funereus  to Homo sapiens, fromTursiops truncatus to Rosa rugosa

In addition, the best way to learn a language is by doing projects, doing tasks, being interested, being curious and having a purpose, and so I combine all of these things, resulting in fun, inspiring and thought-provoking activities.

I write, find and develop, projects related to the environment and give children and adults, a purpose for communicating in English. Methodology I value greatly include critical thinking, communication and creativity, all of which are vital 21st century, life-long skills.

science stem ginger educationWe need to work together on an international scale and, if the young people of today are encouraged to work together, learn about each other and be curious about differences, the future is so much brighter and more united.

 

CLIL (Content Language Integrated Learning) involves learning subjects through another language and with STEM Ginger Education, I offer personalised support for teachers required to teach through English (when it is not the teacher’s mother-tongue) to ensure that content is not lost and the learning experience remains at the fore.

The Environmental Crisis – A global issue

We drop plastic waste on the street in Spain and it ends up on a beach in Indonesia; the excessive production of greenhouse gases causes global temperatures to rise, ice-caps in the poles to melt and low-lying islands to become inundated; the Covid-19 Pandemic has swept around the world relentlessly, from nation to nation.

Why we care

Travelling around the world; meeting people from a variety of cultures; seeing how the old and young are  valued so differently from east to west; learning languages; watching and listening to how people communicate; observing the slow degradation of the natural world; living amidst a society that values financial gain and ticking boxes over personal well-being; experiencing how health in western medicine is simply a physical matter, and the emotional is disregarded …

“We know how desperately things need to change, how ugently we need to act, and how different cultures need to share and learn from one another.”

Feeling more and more confused about what can be done to help out: recycling, travelling by train rather than flying, using less plastic, going vegan – isn’t that enough? As we mulled over solutions to this environmental crisis at STEM Ginger Education, we pondered:

  • These actions barely scratch the surface; how can we act so as to make a sustainable impact on a global scale?
  • How can we take effective action when there are so many mixed messages flying around?
  • Why should people on one side of the globe, care about what happens to people they will never meet on the other side of the globe?

We don’t have to treat our planet the way we are treating it – we have options and, moreover, we know these options. There is hope. We want the younger generations to grow up on a planet that is kind to them, that they are kind to and treat with respect, because that is what they have always seen happening.

What is STEM?

What is STEM?

The core subjects:

Science
Technology
Engineering and
Maths

We need to work together

It is clear as day that we are all in this together, we share this planet and we need to look after it…together.

Getting children from around the world communicating and giving them a reason to do so, The Environmental Warriors’ projects and Global Citizens’ courses focus on a variety of areas of STEM. This knowledge will empower people and give them more control over the future, THEIR future, as well as awakening curiosity and interest in this wonderful planet we all call ‘home’.

Different environments, different languages, different cultures BUT the same planet, the same atmosphere, the same oceans and the same skies.