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JERSEY CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGE

THE 2020 PROJECT

For grade bands

K-2

Students will learn about climate change and design flags to educate the public about the need to take action.

K-2 Rubric   K-2 Curriculum Breakdown

For grade bands

3-5, 6-8, and 9-12

Students will create and present a solution to a climate change-related challenge they’ve identified.

3-12 Curriculum Breakdown   3-12 Rubric

THE GOAL

 

Student teams take climate action at the local level by solving a climate change related problem in Jersey City.

 

WHO CAN ENTER THE CHALLENGE?

 

Students in the Jersey City public schools are eligible to form teams to create a local solution to combat climate change. Click on your class grade above to view more information.

INNOVATIVE INTEGRATION

Using Science Standards to
Address Current Challenges


Project will be aligned with New Jersey Student Learning Standards in Science (NJSLS-S) and curriculum that addresses current community challenges; students gain real-world experience in inquiry-based learning.

Students learn through experiential projects that are inclusive of diverse types of learners, with a variety of problem solving activities.

Team Competition develops
Collaboration and Team Building Skills


Real competition with prizes for Best Design, Most Innovative Solution, Best Community Outreach and Best Presentation reward different skillsets.

Collaborative solutions projects – across schools, neighborhoods, cities & counties encouraged.

Students allowed to work with PTA’s to crowdsource and encourage parent and community involvement.

Meaningful
Community Engagement


Engagement with residents, businesses, city council officials (and/or their staff) and other stakeholders is required to develop proposals. This may include meetings, interviews, surveys, focus groups, events, etc.

Students Gain Understanding of
Government and Real Green Jobs


Student teams engage with sustainability “experts” to collect and verify data to develop their projects. Staff can speak to students in person or via Skype to answer questions.

Challenge Website with information about local departments and/or stakeholders to assist with development of project, and associated green career opportunities. Serves as a green career resource year after year.

FAQs

 

How do I register for the challenge?

 

Who Can Enter The Challenge?

Students in the Jersey City public schools are eligible to form teams to create a local climate action solution to combat climate change. Click on your class grade above to view more information.

 

How many students can be part of a team?

A team can be a classroom or an entire grade level.

 

What is the criteria for the challenge?

For Kindergarten through 2nd Grade, refer to K-2 curriculum and K-2 rubric.
For 3rd grade to 12th grade, refer to 3-12 curriculum and 3-12 rubric.
 
 

How can my team connect with a sustainability expert?

Find sustainability experts to connect with here.
 

My team is interested in a hands-on learning experience for this challenge. Where can I find additional resources?

We are currently offering the following resources for interested student teams:
  • Electric vehicle viewing (We’ll bring the EV to your school!)
  • Walking Tours at one of the City’s parks
  • Bioswale demonstration at City Hall
  • [K-2 ONLY] Planter boxes and seeds

If you would like to register for this opportunity, please fill out this form and we will be in touch with you.