by Kelly Caiazzo January 31, 2019 carbon gas leaks k-12 students shopper's corner STEM EXPO Sustainability Challenge transportation Waste Reduction water WEF
The STEM EXPO’s Sustainability Challenge is back. Get ready Wellesley students!
Submit your project promoting a local resource, policy or behavior change that makes Wellesley greener. These can be in the form of an advertisement, op-ed or essay, video commercial, infographic, poem, music or another form of audio/visual artwork. Convince your audience that it’s a great way for them to help the environment!
Submissions are welcome from K-12 students who are residents of Wellesley and/or enrolled in the Wellesley Public Schools
Deadline to enter is Friday, March 15, 2019
Entries must be entirely original content (no clips from movies or other videos)
Videos must be shorter than 3 minutes, essays must be fewer than 500 words, and infographics or advertisements must be legible on a single 8.5×11 page
Entry must explain the problem that you are proposing to solve, and how promoting a current local resource, policy change, or behavior change will make Wellesley greener. The entry must provide a convincing argument for the positive impact this resource or activity can make.
Entries may be submitted by an individual, or a team of up to 3 students
Entries must include appropriate citation
Submit your entry here
Entries to be uploaded on the WEF website must be less than 100mb
Submitting your entry authorizes [Wellesley Green Schools, etc.] to post either the submission, or a photo thereof, on display in public arenas in the township – including but not limited to public libraries, school display cabinets, or on the STEM Expo website.
Winning entries for Elementary, Middle and High School levels will be selected by Wellesley Green Schools
Winners will be recognized at the Wellesley STEM Expo on April 6, 2019 and receive a VIP tour of a featured exhibit, and have their project published in town newspapers by the Wellesley Education Foundation
Questions that Projects Should Answer and Topic Ideas
Questions to Answer:
What environmental problems does this organization/resource/behavior change help solve? Provide data or examples of how the environment is negatively impacted by this problem.
What is the positive impact of your topic? How does it help solve the problem? Be as specific and concrete as possible.
What can Wellesley residents do to help or how can they participate? Convince them this resource deserves their support or participation!
The EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator:
The EPA’s Household Carbon Footprint Calculator:
The Water Footprint Calculator:
The Footprint Network:
Remember to cite your sources when you’re providing specific data! We’ll accept any style citation, provided it’s clear where data in your project came from.
Here are some ideas to get you started!
How can buying second-hand clothing reduce our environmental footprint? Create an ad for Shopper’s Corner, the Second Hand Store at Schofield: https://www.facebook.com/schofieldshopperscorner/
Or, create an ad for another reusability resource in town, such as the Wellesley Free Library (https://www.wellesleyfreelibrary.org/) or the Wellesley RDF reusables area (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhLOHGydhUM)
After explosions in our state and general unhealthy aspects of gas coming into the state and into our homes, Wellesley’s NRC is concerned about gas leaks. Could you make Wellesley residents aware of this problem and to encourage national grid to fix them? Wellesley Gas Leaks: https://www.wellesleyma.gov/449/Gas-Leaks
Reduce Plastic Waste:
Reduce waste – use less plastic. China is refusing more and more recycling, explain the plastic problem and provide some ideas and solutions for reducing plastic consumption in our town. What else can we do besides #SkipTheStrawWellesley:http://www.sustainablewellesley.com/skipthestrawwellesley/?
What are some options in town for reducing our reliance on single-occupancy vehicles? (Commuter rail, school buses, town bus, MBTA or carpool, walking, biking, etc.) Create an ad explaining the impact of transportation and providing some solutions. Or, create an ad explaining the effects of idling and encouraging people not to idle:http://www.sustainablewellesley.com/no-idling/
Environmental Food Choices:
How can making some easy switches with what we eat and how we dispose of leftovers add up to a positive impact for our planet? Meatless Mondays: https://www.meatlessmonday.com/ , Wellesley Public School’s Food Recovery: https://wellesleyma.gov/1127/School-Recycling-and-Food-Recovery The Wellesley RDF Food Waste Drop-Off Program:https://www.wellesleyma.gov/899/Food-Waste-Program or why to buy local food from The Wellesley Farmer’s Market:https://www.wellesleyfarmersmarket.com/, Shrink your food footprint: http://shrinkthatfootprint.com/shrink-your-food-footprint
Protect our Pollinators:
What we plant and the type of chemicals we use on our lawns and gardens has a real impact on our eco system. What happens to the lawn chemicals we use? How can we support pollinators in our community? Resources: Safer Lawns Initiative: Pledge to Be Pesticide Free – http://www.sustainablewellesley.com/pledge-to-be-pesticide-free/ and Sustainable Wellesley’s Milkweed for Monarchs: http://www.sustainablewellesley.com/milkweed-for-monarchs/
Energy at Home:
What are some ways to conserve our energy or get it from a more sustainable source? Resources: Wellesley’s Power to Choose Program: https://www.wellesleyma.gov/261/Voluntary-Renewable-Energy, Get a Mass-Save Home Energy Assessment: https://www.masssave.com/en/saving/energy-assessments/homeowners/, Solar Panels:
Protect our Resources:
Did you know that we have groups in Wellesley that work together to protect our waterways from litter, chemical runoff, etc? Explain what they do, why it’s important, and how residents can help. The Wetlands Protection Committee: http://ma-wellesley.civicplus.com/421/Wetlands-Protection-Committee, Friends of Brookside: http://friendsofbrookside.org/
Submissions will be scored on a scale from 1-5, based on the following criteria:
How well does the project explain the problem and its environmental impact, using data / examples?
How well does the project provide a specific solution to the problem, with data or examples on how this organization/behavior/resource makes a positive impact?
How compelling, convincing and creative is the project?
Are sources cited, does the project meet length requirements, and does it have correct grammar and data?
A winner will be selected by panelists from Wellesley Green Schools from each school level (Elementary (K-5), Middle (6-8) and High (9-12)).
by Phyllis Theermann February 3, 2017 Contest February Vacation Activity renewable energy STEM students WEF Wellesley High School
The Wellesley Education Foundation, the Wellesley Municipal Light and Wellesley Green Schools launched the 2nd annual STEM EXPO Sustainability Challenge. This contest is designed to engage young people by inviting them to write an essay, story, poem, or persuasive argument; create an artwork/model or make a video about how renewable energy (solar, wind, hydro, etc.) might impact their lives and the environment in the future.
To enter the Sustainability Challenge, participants must live or go to school in Wellesley. For more information and to submit, please click here by March 24th.
“With nearly 90 homes in Wellesley powered by solar, and the numerous wind turbines scattered across New England, students see this form of energy every day,” said Jessica Stanton of Wellesley Green Schools. “This Challenge offers them a non-traditional way to get more familiar with renewable energy and an understanding of how it provides energy to our homes and businesses today, and in the years to come,” Stanton said.
Creative and visionary winners will be honored at the Wellesley STEM EXPO on April 8th with special VIP access, refreshments, award recognition, and a chance to be interviewed on television. This is also a great launching pad for state and federal student environmental awards.
The EXPO, hosted by Wellesley Education Foundation (WEF), is a hands-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) exposition. On Saturday, April 8th, Wellesley High School will be transformed into an interactive science center, offering hands-on exhibits, workshops and a student work showcase. Mark your calendars to be inspired by the 140+ exhibits and workshops between 10am – 2pm; the Keynote speaker (Dr. Ed Bertschinger) from 2-3pm, and a meet the STEM Professional’s event for High Schoolers from 3-4pm.
“WEF, a charitable organization dedicated to advancing innovation and excellence in the Wellesley Public Schools, is proud to present the 2017 Sustainability Challenge,” said Susan Ryan, Co-President of WEF. “Through the funding of programs and grants for over thirty years, WEF has championed THE LOVE OF LEARNING in our district — from the first day of preschool, through high school graduation and beyond — and this Challenge continues to promote this love of learning,” Ryan said.
WEF works to unite the entire community in enthusiastic support of Wellesley’s schools, and is going even further to support another community project: Wellesley’s goal to reduce its carbon footprint.
“Wellesley’s goal to reduce its carbon footprint 25% by the year 2020 requires commitment from all different sectors of the community and Wellesley’s MLP is proud to be doing its part,” said Debra J. Healy, Assistant Director of the Wellesley Municipal Light Plant. “Through our Power to Choose program, we offer residents and local businesses the opportunity to elect to have some or all of their energy come from renewable energy sources. “Choosing renewable energy, in many cases for less than the price of a cup of coffee a month, will not only help the town meet its carbon reduction goal, it will improve Wellesley’s national ranking for voluntary renewable energy from it’s current number 3 position,” Healy said.
by Phyllis Theermann March 24, 2015 Green Team Mother Earth Quentin Pridu STEM EXPO WEF wellesley green schools Wellesley High School
Fifth graders across town reviewed the 3 finalist videos of the Sustainability Challenge and the winning video will be announced this Saturday at 2 pm at the STEM Expo at Wellesley High School. High school students competed to create the most engaging video that explains what the word “sustainability” means in terms of the environment to 5th graders.
Sustainability is one of the many themes at this years’ STEM EXPO. See the list of presenters, and exhibitors dazzling us with STEM topics from robots and weather to agriculture and aerodynamics here.
Come by between 10am to 2pm to experience Sustainable Wellesley’s biking and lighting exhibit, take a tour of WHS’ sustainable features with WHS Green Team members, and be empowered by Quentin Prideaux’s climate change presentation at noon in room 164.