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Our project is to provide learning tools to our students. This will help them socially and educationally. We will distribute school supplies to those in need.
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For the past four years, I have been introduced to and prepared for fast technological acceleration in the world. However, I have recognized a lack of equity for historically underrepresented groups (specifically females and ethnically and racially diverse people) in STEM. In response to a lack of passion, excitement, and access to information regarding STEM, our group would like to organize and run an eight week national workshop (in Indiana and Pennsylvania) for middle school students called United Engineers. The program will allow students to learn the basic concepts of engineering from high school students (first five weeks). The first phase will allow students to learn math and science basics (electricity and magnetism, kinematics, simple machines, etc.), maintain an engineering notebook of the workshop activities after informative lectures that involve construction and deconstruction of items/mechanisms, and learn the engineering design process. In the final three weeks, students will split up into groups to develop and propose an innovative solution addressing one or more of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. United Engineers will be a sustainable, annual, and expanding program to enhance and help students apply what they learn in the classroom after school.
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Justin is working on calculating his impact on how to get people to refuse, reduce, and reuse plastic. He has recycled over 3,000 aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and glass. He spent 7 months collecting over 200 pounds of plastic caps (some from the well know Staples Center at an Elton John concert) and had them recycled into a bench for his school. He traded over 200 plastic toothbrushes for toothbrushes made out of recycled yogurt cups to friends, neighbors, and people worldwide. Justin has met with top leaders such as our city mayor, CA state senator, engineer students at Loyola Marymount University, the founder of Precious Plastics, the CEO of By Fusion, the writer of The Eco Paper, Linda Booker the film maker of Straws, the founder of Three Squares Inc, and several kindergarten aged to several older youth that are working and taking action to help solve the plastic pollution problem. Justin has created a social media page with the ideas and is making a book to help encourage others to implement these ideas.
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At bare minimum, the project will prove successful if local youth gain service-learning hours for installing the conservation garden in ways that spark meaningful prior Green School PTSA memorializing conversation and reflection. This success indicator is very reachable being that The Natural Roots Project’s (NRP’s) partner-organization, The Empowerment Center of Maryland, Inc, has agreed to both: a) host youth-preparatory sessions at their facility, and b) provide the 501c3 criteria necessary to grant service-learning credit. Furthermore, many Cherry Hill plot holders are elderly retirees, accustomed to seeing mainly food planted at their location. Thus, the conservation garden is likely to spark much curiosity, inquiry and conversation. The process of garden installation and community response will be documented via a youth coordinated video montage and short feedback surveys respectively.
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I have students create Power Point presentations to share what they've learned. We also complete pre and post tests after the field trips so we can collect data which tells us what the students have learned and why. I would use the grant money to buy plants for the garden. Parents and students help us maintain our garden. We also harvest our produce and make salads to share during our meetings.
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As part of our campaign, we will be contributing time to the weekly bbqs near the train tracks where many live in one of 2 tent cities. We will offer the mats for sitting (there's so much mud from intense weather) and the seed kits for planting in the community garden near the shelter. We will engage in conversation starting with, "What's your name?" We know that homeless people are rarely asked this basic human question. We will track how many people we connect with, creating humanity within our community. Having learned mapping at ESRI when I was with the NYLC, I am planning to show my group other homeless communities in the Capitol region that we need to reach out to. We will also create relationships with the youth by gardening together.
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This project will make our community stronger and more united. We will have this memorable event one evening after school so that parents and students may attend. I would like to see this become an annual event, one where students feel honored and privileged to attend.
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The grant would be used to purchase native species of plants that attract butterflies, birds and more with a sense of home! In addition the grant will be used to purchase materials for bird feeders and seating areas. Any additional grant funds will be used for watering cans, materials to make recycled wind chimes, and paint for making motivational signs for children.
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It will get more people on the National Registry to save lives. It will get North Port engaged in the cause.

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