Students learn how Boeing is protecting air, land, water, and reducing waste

Global classroom gives 50 million students an inside look at Boeing

April 16, 2020 in Our Environment

Imagine an estimated 50 million middle and high school students from around the world coming to Boeing to see how employees are working across the enterprise to pioneer a more sustainable future.

Now, stop imagining. It’s actually happening — they’ll be here a week before the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which always falls on April 22.

Not physically, of course. Through a partnership with Discovery Education, a virtual field trip will give students in over 90 countries an inside look at Boeing’s innovative efforts to improve the environmental footprint of its products and operations.

At the heart of the Boeing-Discovery Education partnership is FUTURE U, a website that offers videos, supporting classroom curricula and other resources to help educators and students explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). FUTURE U launched the latest Boeing field trip on April 15, at a time when parents are looking for educational online content for their children who are learning from home during the pandemic.

“Our collaboration with Discovery Education is part of Boeing’s commitment to inspire and prepare the next generation of innovators,” said Sam Whiting, western region director of Boeing Global Engagement. “We want to show young people how science and engineering can solve real-world problems and help build a better future.”

A Discovery Education video crew recently visited the Puget Sound region to record the latest field trip, which features several environmental stories about Boeing:

  • The ecoDemonstrator 777, a flying test bed for technologies that will help make aircraft cleaner, quieter and more fuel efficient.
  • Developing sustainable aviation fuel from reclaimed forest material.
  • Cleaning up and restoring natural habitat along the Duwamish River near the former Plant 2 site in Seattle.
  • Developing permeable pavement, which filters storm water runoff and is being tested in partnership with the Industrial Design Engineering and Art School in Tacoma.
  • Recycling excess carbon fiber composite material at the Composite Wing Center (CWC) in Everett.

The virtual field trip includes interviews with Boeing environmental leaders, who find personal satisfaction from inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers.

“I love what this partnership is doing. I have a passion for helping young people, especially girls, learn about science and the environment,” said Kelsea Ballantyne, manufacturing leader. “It’s great to work with students who are curious and love to learn.” 

To learn more about Boeing’s support for STEM education and the Discovery Education partnership, visit the FUTURE U website. Details about Boeing’s environmental strategy and 2025 environmental targets are on the Build a Better Planet website.