JERSEY CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGE

THE 2020 PROJECT

During the 2019-2020 academic year, Jersey City student teams took climate action at the local level by solving a climate change-related problem in Jersey City.

Grade bands K-2

Students in kindergarten through 2nd grade learned about climate change and designed flags to educate the public about the need to take action. K-2 students also created videos about what they learned.

 

The public will be able to vote on its favorite flag design during the week of May 18-22. The winning image will be printed on a flag that will be displayed at the winning school, City Hall, and JCBOE headquarters!

 

Vote on your favorite flag image HERE.

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

Students were able to form teams to identify a climate problem and create a solution that incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM). As part of their project, teams had the opportunity to reach out to topic experts who answered their questions and helped them identify solutions to their problem.

 

Although the original timeline for finalizing projects was disrupted due to the Coronavirus epidemic, student teams were still able to complete their projects and will be able to remotely present their projects to a panel of expert judges on May 28th and May 29th. 

 

You can find descriptions of all student projects HERE.

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.