Over 250 seventh and eighth grade students made music, generated electricity, powered solar cars, planned sustainable neighborhoods and learned about Green STEM Careers at two Environmental ALI Green STEM Fairs this past week. Their introduction to green technologies will prepare many of them to create larger environmental projects this Spring.
Working with Community Matters in Lower Price Hill, Environmental ALI surveyed residents about environmental health issues in their neighborhood. We invited several of our partners to attend Community Matters’ Bend in the River Festival, to interact with residents about their concerns. Those in attendance included staff from the Cincinnati Health Department, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Environmental Health Division, and Design Impact; and Environmental Health Communication Students from the University of Cincinnati. Survey responses will be compiled and shared with stakeholders in the project for follow up action. A shout out to all of the people involved with helping with this important effort, especially, Alicia Hildebrand! This project was made possible through support from the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training.
Youth groups from summer programs across the area took part in the Kids Expo along with staff from Environmental ALI. The Energy efficiency crank was getting heavy use as it illustrated the 5 times more work needed to light an old incandescent vs an LED bulb.
Faces lit up with surprise each time a young person switched over to the easy generating LED. Families also took part in the Green Umbrella sponsored outdoor fair. Environmental ALI Director Ginny Frazier gathered contact information for follow up energy efficiency projects.
Students from Oyler School worked with architectural professionals on water quality and stormwater management at their Summer of STEM Green STEM Fair. The Fair provided 6 learning stations including renewable energy and energy efficiency. Oyler students will be participating in follow up Eco-mentoring workshops over the coming weeks. One student remarked, ‘Can I take that (fuel cell) car home with me?!’ The students eagerly gathered round to get involved in the hands-on learning.
Thanks so much to our supporters, including, Duke Energy Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative, PNC Charitable Trusts, and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA). OEPA also supplied green STEM career bingo cards. The Ohio State University Environmental Professionals Network provided green STEM career brochures.