JERSEY CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS SUSTAINABILITY CHALLENGE

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The Project

 

 

For grade bands

K-2

Students will design artwork and/or logo to be used for reusable bags in accordance with the plastic bag ban.

K-2 Rubric   K-2 Curriculum Breakdown

 

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For grade bands

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

Students will create and present a solution to a neighborhood sustainability challenge they’ve identified.

3-12 Curriculum Breakdown   3-12 Rubric

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THE GOAL

Student teams solve a sustainability or resiliency related problem in a Jersey City neighborhood(s).

WHO CAN ENTER THE CHALLENGE?

Students in the Jersey City public schools are eligible to form teams to solve a sustainability or resiliency related problem in a Jersey City neighborhood(s). 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.

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.

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.

Students Gain Understanding of
Government and Real Green Jobs


Student teams engage with associated City of Jersey City staff 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.

FAQ

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 solve a sustainability or resiliency related problem in a Jersey City neighborhood(s). Click on your class grade below 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 rubrics.
For 3rd grade to 12th grade, refer to 3-12 curriculum and 3-12 rubrics.