STELAR recently connected with Sarah Pidgeon (Solar One) about the GreenTECH project, which is a three-year project focusing on green technology and careers at the high school level. Partners are: Solar One, a Green Energy Arts and Education Center; MOUSE (Making Opportunities for Upgrading Schools & Education), a youth development program that prepares young people to serve as technology experts; the Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education at New York University, and the New York City Department of Education (DOE). The GreenTECH program combines the successful methodology of the Solar One Green Design Lab program with the highly effective approach of MOUSE Technical Squads.
The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.08 million to Solar One, a non-profit based in New York City that promotes green energy in education, and MOUSE, a national, non-profit organization that works with underserved youth to promote the use and study of technology, for implementation of the ITEST project, GreenTECH, that will be put into place in the school system.
The linked and attached field trip sites are recommended by ITEST project GreenTECH because they provide high school students with the opportunity to explore green technology facilities in the NYC-metropolitan area. This is not an exhaustive list.
Watch these three videos made by ITEST project GreenTECH! These videos give you insight into environmental engineering. In the first video, meet Adam, a mechanical engineer who works in an NYC power plant. The second video features Team Reakter, a team of green battery experts. Finally, the last video features Levi and Ozgem, two energy activists, who will show you how to get your community excited about saving energy.
Solar One’s CleanTech uses the school building as a teaching tool to explore sustainability and green careers with high school students. CleanTech is hands-on and project-based. The program engages students in inquiry-based learning and inspires them to take action through school greening initiatives that make an impact through saving energy, recycling, water conservation, and more.