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Go Green Sustainability Challenge for Schools!

Has your school signed up? Go Green! Sustainability Challenge is an exciting contest for our local schools. Schools are invited to use imagination, artistry, and scientific knowledge in a 10'x10' footprint to create exhibits of art and science, representing the theme, "Greening our Urban Environment."

SIGN YOU SCHOOL UP HERE. First place winners will receive astupendous teak trophy to brag about until next year's Go Green Sustainability Challenge. Winners will also receive a beautiful plaque & $1,000 cash prize!

The contest criteria are:

  • Greening the urban environment,

  • Creativity,

  • How well the display/project communicated the theme, and

  • Aesthetics (presentation)

The contest is free for any schools already registered for Go Green! Greenpoint Festival. Contest submissions must represent work by the schools' students and must be displayed at Go Green! Greenpoint Festival from 12 Noon to 4 PM.

Please share the contest and festival with as many schools and friends as possible!

Last Year's Go Green Sustainability Challenge

2014 Middle/High School Section Winner MS 126

Last year, 9 schools competed: P.S. 23, P.S. 31, P.S. 34, P.S. 84, P.S. 59, M.S. 50, M.S. 126, M.S. 577, and El Puente Academy for Peace & Justice. P.S. 23 won the Elementary School Section and M.S. 126 won the Middle/High School Section.

Here is the judges' statement last year: They [the contest submissions] were all amazing and demonstrated a lot of science, inquiry and engagement from the students and teachers. Our selections were based on the criteria that we were given: 1) Greening the urban environment, 2) Creativity, 3) How well the display/project communicated the theme, and 4) Aesthetics (presentation). 2014 Winner of Elementary School category was P.S. 23.

Their project represented a cross section of STEM activities which included: a Recycling Art Club for grades 3, 4, and 5 where they re-purposed a number of items; newspaper art, party favors, etc., a "portable garden" where students in grades 4 and 5 researched and wrote essays on the nutritional value of vegetables learning the importance of healthy eating. Students grew their own vegetables which will be shared with their parents and some will be planted later in the school garden. They also used their knowledge of robotics to create a robot that was programmed to pick up trash, teaching the children both a practical skill set for their career future and the importance of respect and caring for the environment. Overall, the school presented a diversity of projects engaging students in both after school projects as well as in classroom learning across the curriculum.

2014 Winner of Middle/High School category was M.S. 126.

Using wooly pockets, students are greening their school with classroom grown edible greens which will later be planted outside to beautify the school garden. Their Reusable Electronic Art displayed a number of objects created by the students which were whimsical and practical, giving students the opportunity to use easily accessible resources creatively. Students repurposed cardboard and other paper goods to make small battery powered toys and stylish LED wrist bands. They also learned to make battery powered usb chargers from a kit which could be used to power small gadgets in an emergency. These projects engaged students in an after school program and also integrated the entire school in the wooly pocket project. Several STEM areas were addressed and well integrated with creativity and the arts. They also had an excellent display that engaged the public on a number of levels.

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