Earth Day 2021: Improving our planet one ITEST project at a time
Earth Day is a chance to bring awareness about the state of our planet and how we can improve it. The first Earth Day took place on April 22, 1970, and inspired 20 million Americans to take to the streets to demonstrate against the impacts of 150 years of industrial development which had left a growing legacy of serious human health impacts. Since then, over 190 countries have engaged in action to bring long term awareness to focus areas such as climate change, science and education, people and communities, conservation and restoration, and plastic and pollution. The theme for this year’s earth day is Restore our Earth.
Through the Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Program, students are provided the opportunity to experience and understand the importance of environmental research and sustainability. ITEST projects enable youth to investigate, explore and improve their communities and local environment. These authentic experiences allow them to see themselves working in STEM fields, encouraging them to pursue careers in the ever-expanding environmental workforce.
Below is a selection of ITEST publications, curriculum materials, instruments, and projects trying to advance the efforts to restore our earth.