Through service-learning, students at SCIE use what they learn in the classroom and organizations such as International Award and MUN to solve real-life problems and to be of service in their community. They not only learn the practical applications of their studies, they become actively contributing citizens and community members through the service they perform. If school students collect trash out of an urban streambed, they are providing a valued service to the community as volunteers. If school students collect trash from an urban streambed, analyze their findings to determine the possible sources of pollution, and share the results with residents of the neighborhood, they are engaging in service-learning.
In addition to providing an important service to the community, students may also reflect on their personal and career interests in science, the environment, public policy or other related areas. Both the students and the community have been involved in a transformative experience.
SCIE promotes such activities via a network of student groups by forming liaisons with organizations such as Red Cross, Greenpeace, Project Aware, and others, to stimulate service inclusion on a global scale.