Announcing: CPF EcoTech Grants
Announcing: CPF EcoTech Grants
In support of environmental education at the intersection of innovation and technology
Grant Program Summary
The Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) is pleased to announce a competitive grant program in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation. Sixteen (16) $2500 grants will be awarded to schools or non-profits organizations for the purpose of engaging children in inquiry-based projects in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) that use innovation, biomimicry / nature-based design, or new uses for technology to address environmental problems in their communities. Application opens January 15, 2014 with rolling deadline through May 31, 2014 (as funds allow).
Rolling deadline starts January 15th, 2014 for projects in the summer and fall of 2014.
Examples of EcoTech Projects
Eco-Tech Underwater Robotics Club: Bringing Ocean Pollution Awareness Above the Surface/ Newport Beach, CA
The key technology features of the program include the construction of underwater robots (ROVs) to film pollution below the surface of the ocean. Students will film along the coast in Orange County, as well as before-and after- the annual underwater cleanup event on Catalina Island. Students will learn how to use editing software to consolidate and organize footage captured from cleanup and awareness events. These videos will be used to empower others to understand ocean-related issues and steps they can take to help.
Students from Kanab High School, located near Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (GSENM) in Utah, spent the Fall of 2012 collecting seeds from a native plant species and grew seedlings during the winter in their greenhouse. When Spring came, the students weeded out invasive plant species at GSENM and planted the drought-tolerant native plant seedlings they had grown to restore wildlife habitat. GPS/GIS devices allowed students to map the location of plants and monitor their survival. Click here to learn more about this project
At a high school in the San Juan Islands, WA, high school students were challenged with the issue of addressing motor oil on roadways that was coming from increased eco tourism. The motor oil was washing off roadways and into the bay and was affecting keystone species, such as herring, in the Puget Sound. In response, the students worked with the Kwiaht Center for the Historical Ecology of the Salish Sea to identify, collect and analyze the oil absorbency of various local mushroom species. Then they inoculated straw bales and wood chips with the most effective mushrooms to create a filtering barrier between the road and the ocean. Click here to learn more about this project
Aquaponics and Remote Sensing in Hawaii
Thanks to a Captain Planet Foundation grant and the Ko’olauloa Educational Alliance Corp 40 Students at Kahuku High in Kahuku, Hawaii learned how to use computer arduinos (microcontrollers with software) and sensors. The students tied the arduinos and sensors into an aquaponics system housed in an existing greenhouse next to the school. The project included setting up a lab and using remote web cameras and sensors for transmitting data over the internet. They monitored the aquaponics system for optimal water flow, sunlight, temperature, pH, soil and fish. Click here to learn more about this project