Imagine an education system that sparks interest in all subjects while preparing us for productive careers and thoughtful citizenship. Let us imagine an education system that produces careful consumers and caring world citizens. — WA Learns, 2006
School districts that embrace the Eco-Mentoring program find the program enhances the district’s and the school’s community engagement. The program allows them to socialize their green initiatives in engaging, practicable and non-traditional curricula. Our Eco-Mentoring programs are essentially environmental education programming that we’ve aligned to the common core for improving academic performance, cultivation of environmental stewardship and introduction to “green” technologies and careers. School buildings and grounds are used as teaching tools, providing students with hands-on learning experiences. Adult mentors educate students on the “green” features and train them to become environmental ambassadors, culminating in public presentations to the school and local community. Eco-Mentoring curriculum is a combination of classroom and online material focused on five target audiences of the school:
- parents and community
- maintenance employees
- to inspire and engage students in meaningful, real-world, contextual learning.
- to connect teachers, parents, and students with higher education faculty, industry experts, and other community members through a cohesive and collaborative process.
- to create opportunities for students to solve real-world problems and help build a hopeful future.
- to align student learning with core academic content standards.
- to meet a business need of providing customized sustainable curricula for schools.
- Eco-mentors collaborate with technical support partners including university faculty, governmental agencies, municipalities, businesses, educational service districts, and non-profit organizations to plan and develop their sustainable projects.
- financial support for projects as well as technical support partners.
- projects that address a variety of components and systems such as food, water, air quality, shelter, energy use, waste streams, transportation, recreation, and governance.
- projects that include inputs, outputs, transfers, and transformations of energy, matter, and information in the context of sustainability.
- projects that provide students with useful, hands-on activities that require teamwork to be successful, practical, real-world tasks that put their math skills to work and include a podium and presentation experience.
Elementary and Middle School Turnkey Program Topics:
- “Using Green Schools as Learning Tools.” Focus is on Green School Buildings and Grounds: new, green building materials Vs. traditional materials, benefits, care and maintenance to sustain their green properties and yield,
- Rainwater Harvesting
- Roof Top Gardens
- Anti-Idling / Air Quality
- Urban Timber
- Solar Panels
Junior High and High Schools Turnkey Programs:
- Renewable Energy Fuel Cell and Solar Power Technology Programs
- Train the Trainer Workshops and Materials
In just three minutes you will learn about our High School & Junior High Fuel Cell and Solar STEM programs: