JERSEY CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUSTAINABILITY STEAM 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.

 

Students in every grade level participated

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

 

 

View all of the K-2 finalists HERE.

Grades 3-12

Students in grades 3-12 formed teams that each identified a climate problem and created a solution that incorporated 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.

 

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

 

You can find descriptions of all projects for students in grades 3-12 HERE.

 

Read the press release HERE.

 

STEAM Interactive Experiences

Interactive Experiences with The Office of Sustainability

  • PS 37 Green Space Tour featuring the Office of Innovation's Adventure Packs

Types of Experiences


The Jersey City Office of Sustainability worked with the Jersey City Public Schools to provide students with unique experiences to augment their classroom learning. In 2020 the Office of Sustainability took part in the following activities:

  • 8 electric vehicle tours
  • Green space tour with PS 37
  • Reading activity with PS 28 (Books: The Trouble with Dragons by Debbie Gilori and 10 Things I Can Do to Help My World by Melanie Walsh)
  • Worked with GreenerJC to provide soil and native seedlings from the Greenbelt Native Plant Center to over 20 K-2 classrooms. 

The 2020 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 New York Academy of Sciences and the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs.

 

2020 JCPS District Team:

  • Ellen M. Ruane, Assistant Superintendent
  • Albert Padilla, Project Curriculum Director/JCPS District Supervisor of Science K-8
  • Stacy Feszchak, Project Performing Art Director/JCPS District Supervisor of Performing Arts K-12
  • Melissa Cucinello, Project Visual Art Director / JCPS District Supervisor of Visual Arts K-12
  • Manisha Shah, JCPS District Supervisor of Science 9-12

Our 2020 Partners