K-2 classrooms participated in the challenge by learning about the issues related to single use plastic bags and designing reusable bags and/or artwork for reusable bags in advance of Jersey City’s new plastic bag ban.
Student teams in grades 3-12 were challenged to identify and solve a sustainability or resilience related problem in their neighborhood.
Finalists pitched their projects in a “Shark Tank Style” presentation to funders and staff at City Hall for possible implementation. The showcase event also featured project poster display and walk-through for students and members of the public.
The 2019 Sustainability STEAM Challenge was a partnership between the Jersey City Public Schools Curriculum and Instruction Department and the Jersey City Office of Sustainability, with considerable help from the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, the Jersey City Economic Development Corporation, the Jersey City Office of Innovation, and the assistance of our generous sponsors.