There’s no debate that the students of today will be the driving force behind innovations in green technology and energy tomorrow. To support these future leaders, MOUSE and Solar One recently launched GreenTECH, a certification program that gives under-served youth the skills and education needed to move the needle on sustainability and resiliency within their schools and communities. Armed with $1.08 million dollars in funding from the National Science Foundation, the GreenTECH program will provide a robust curriculum for kids hoping to create more sustainable urban environments in New York. Read on to learn more about GreenTECH’s innovative program model, which empowers the next generation of green engineers, scientists and architects.
“We are posing real-life issues to our students and asking them to research the problems and come back to their school leaders with actionable solutions,” said Daniel Rabuzzi, MOUSE Executive Director, in a press statement. “These students are poised to have a real impact not only on their schools, but in their communities and the environment as a whole. That’s something they can take with them to college, their first jobs and beyond.”
The GreenTECH program offers a wealth of learning opportunities for youth to experience renewable energy and green innovation in hands-on environments. Piloted in four New York City schools, the curriculum gets students building electric generators, performing energy audits, creating solar-powered toys and gaining expertise in data collection and analysis. The program pushes students to acquire the foundational science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to prepare them for higher education and green careers.
Individuals or full squads looking for fun ways to blend technology with environmental science within their schools can earn the GreenTECH specialist certification badge as a member of the MOUSE program network. The curriculum offers three levels of hands-on activities for students and teams, and videos that profile engineers and designers involved in energy careers. There’s also a web app that allows youth to display their school’s carbon footprint data and work to reduce its impact.