DRI’s Green Boxes

K-12 Teacher Professional Development and Curriculum

Green Boxes

Green Boxes are self-contained teaching kits that provide educators with two or more weeks worth of lesson plans along with all of the supplies necessary to conduct each activity. Every box uses active learning strategies to engage students in hands-on projects that foster critical thinking and problem-solving skills. These lessons are designed to enhance student literacy in various STEM subject areas, from water conservation in the Desert Southwest to the environmental impact associated with natural resource extraction. Best of all, this resource is offered FREE of cost to any formal or informal educator in Nevada!

Green Boxes and STEM Kits

High quality science activities
delivered right to your classroom!

Rent. Teach. Repeat.

1. Reserve a Green Box/STEM Kit that meets your needs. Our diverse library of grade and grade band-specific lesson plans will help introduce complex science concepts to students. Check out the reservation schedule above and click here to see what topics we offer!

2. Implement some or all of the activities. There is no wrong way to use these resources. Feel free to pick and choose what you want to teach or share the kit with colleagues while you have use of it!

3. Return and get another! Not only can Green Boxes/STEM Kits be rented free of charge, but they are conveniently delivered right to your school. Once your reservation period has expired, simply pack up the kit and send it back to us.

What are Green Boxes?

Green Boxes are traveling teaching kits that encompass instructional material focusing on applied science, 21st century technology, environmental science and STEM topic areas. Each kit provides educators with detailed lesson plans, consumable and non-consumable materials and a variety of teaching aids (e.g. worksheets, game pieces, etc.).

infographic describing Green Boxes

What is a Green Box?

Who are Green Boxes for?

Green Boxes are for any PreK-12 educator within Nevada, including those affiliated with informal education groups or homeschool organizations. During the academic year, priority will be given to schools within a Nevada school district (i.e WCSD, CCSD, etc.). Please note that we are unable to accommodate any Green Box request that will serve less than ten students.

How can I reserve a Green Box today?

Visit our Reserve a Green Box page to register for the box of your choice. Our inventory is organized by grade band to make navigation a breeze. Once you find the kit that works for you, select the “Book Now” option. You’ll be directed to a brief registration form that should take no more than five minutes to complete. You should receive an email confirming your reservation. We have four predefined terms during which you will have use of the kit. Check this Green Boxes web page to find current dates. Once the box is reserved, you will get a confirmation email.

There are no Green Boxes available. What can I do?

Green Boxes are available to reserve on a first-come, first-serve basis per term. We regularly release new boxes or will have someone cancel a box. Please sign up for our newsletter and follow us on Facebook to be notified of availability.

What can I expect to find in a Green Box?

All units come with a curriculum binder, a USB stick with all of the worksheets and teaching aids, and instructions on how to return the unit. Each box will have different consumable and non-consumable items. These range from books, cameras, GPS units, balances, microscopes and other scientific items to paper, glue, and teaching aids like pictures and games.

Infographic showing contents of a Green Box

What can I expect to find in a Green Box?


How is a non-consumable item different from a consumable item?

A non-consumable item is something that an educator will need to perform the lesson, but once it is used it can be used again. Examples of a non-consumable items are: books, sand, scales, some cups, markers, crayons, glue.

  • A consumable item is something that an educator will need to perform the lesson, but once it is used it cannot be used again. Examples of consumable items are: plastic wrap, paper, candy, baking soda.
  • There are some items that are both consumable and non-consumable. Chalk can be used many times, but will eventually no longer be usable. Plastic cups can be dried and returned to us.
  • If an item isn’t used or broken, please send it back to us.

Some of the items in the Green Box I recieved are missing or broken. What can I do?

Items can get damaged during shipment or inadvertently lost/broken in the classroom. Not to worry! Please help us prepare to replace these items by filling out the comments form and let us know so that we can order more.

If you are missing items, it may be because those items are something that cannot be shipped. You will have to come to our campus and pick up those items. Please check the materials list in the curriculum and contact us if you need to come pick up those items.

Do the Green Boxes support any standards?

Yes! All of our Green Box units can support teachers in their implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). With feedback gathered from teachers and education specialists across the state, we are currently modifying several of our instructional units to be more in line with NGSS.

Can I get training on these boxes?

Science Alive does not provide specific training on individual boxes, but our workshops and trainings will usually incorporate part of one unit. These trainings rotate on a regular basis, please check out the Training tab to find out about upcoming opportunities.

How are Green Boxes made?

Infographic showing how a green box is created

How is a Green Box created?


To leave an evaluation of the effectiveness of Science Alive’s Green Box program, please continue to our evaluation form.

Green Box 2024-2025 Reservation Schedule

Green Boxes and STEM Kits are available to Nevada’s educators to use during the time frames listed below. Click the Reserve A Green Box button below on or after the “registration opens” date to reserve a curriculum kit for that quarter.

Registration Opens – 4 pm
Reservation Period
Q1: Fall July 1st, 2024  August 12th – September 20th, 2024
Q2: Winter September 3rd, 2024  October 15th – December 6th, 2024 
Q3: Spring December 2nd, 2024  January 13th – March 7th, 2025 
Q4: Early Summer February 3rd, 2025  March 31st – May 16th, 2025 


Have questions? Email greenbox@dri.edu