CCNMTL (1999-2015) pages for archival purposes only. Please visit

News & Updates Archives

Journal Article Describes Brownfield Action’s Use for STEM Education

Home > News & Updates > Journal Article Describes Brownfield Action’s Use for STEM Education

The Winter 2014 issue of the journal Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities featured an article on how Brownfield Action, a simulation developed at Barnard College with the Columbia University Center for New Media Teaching and Learning (CCNMTL), has been successfully used to teach science in multiple high school and college-level curricula.

Brownfield Action is a web-based, interactive learning simulation in which students assume the roles of environmental consulting firms and use scientific data to investigate a suspected contaminated land site. In 2003, Brownfield Action was selected as a “national model curriculum” by SENCER, an NSF science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education initiative.

The article was written by Peter Bower of Barnard College; Ryan Kelsey of the Helmsley Charitable Trust, who served as CCNMTL’s Director of Projects until 2012; and 10 educators from institutions who used Brownfield Action for teaching and learning.

The full text of the article is available on SENCER’s website and as a downloadable PDF.

Related news:
Nov-18-2014: Fifteen Years of Brownfield Action
Jul-01-2013: SENCER Newsletter Features Brownfield Action
Feb-23-2011: Brownfield Action Featured in Science Education and Civic Engagement Journal
Sep-30-2009: NYC Students Explore Brownfield Action Simulation
Jan-23-2009: Columbia Spectator Highlights Brownfield Action Simulation
Apr-10-2008: Barnard Announces New and Improved Brownfield Action 3.0
Dec-19-2007: Award Received for Brownfield Action Seminar
Oct-10-2007: Brownfield Action Expands Its Reach
Sep-28-2007: Environmental Science Simulation Enhances Curricula at East Coast Colleges
Feb-20-2007: Brownfield Action Grant Announced on Barnard Newscenter