The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge is the premier national environmental sustainability competition for K–12 students. Through project-based learning, students learn about science and conservation while creating solutions that impact the planet.
Green Acton is honored to host meetings at which these students can present their projects, get feedback, and answer questions. Some of the student groups we’ve worked with are:
http://www.actonpip.org/ The Acton-Boxborough Parent Involvement Project is a volunteer organization of parents, educators, and community partners promoting Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) K-12 education in Acton and Boxborough, Massachusetts.
They have been key partners with Green Acton in a number of events and projects.
The Acton-Boxborough Regional School District (ABRSD) and the Acton Public Schools (APS) were awarded the U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Award (ED-GRS) in 2013. The ED-GRS award honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs, improving the health and wellness of students and staff, and providing effective environmental and sustainability education, which incorporates STEM, civic skills, and green career pathways. ABRSD-APS is one of only 14 US school districts to receive this honor in 2013. Read the boston.com article. Find out more.
All Green Acton projects have an educational goal in addition to their more-immediate purposes. We are always looking to inspire others to learn about how people (and animals and plants and everything else) are all parts of an interconnected system on Earth, and about how our actions can help or hurt the healthy functioning of the systems on which we depend.
Some of our activities (such as the Energy Fair) are almost entirely focused on education. Sometimes — as in our sponsorship of the A-B PIP STEM / Discover STEM event — we seek to support and encourage environmental education in Acton, especially in the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District schools. We have also worked with students involved with Siemens Challenge teams, ABRHS Envirothon and Resource Force teams, and student composting and “solid waste” initiatives. Green Acton sometimes works with the Town of Acton, and other local collaborators, to help educate the public on issues that affect the integrity of environmental and human health.
Green Acton has often hosted a GA Candidates’ Night — an opportunity for voters to hear from candidates for local elective office (e.g., Selectman, School Board member, Acton Water District Water Commissioner, Acton Memorial Library Trustee) on environmentally related issues, shortly before local elections. GA Candidates’ Night is typically held in mid-March.