ecoTech Grants were created to combat the notion that students needed to choose between “the screen” or “the green” and to encourage educators and students to explore the role technology can play in designing and implementing solutions to some of our most pressing environmental challenges. We believe that technology can present innovative ways to address environmental challenges – and that when dealing with digital natives, we do ourselves a disservice by asking them to unplug.
Originally developed in partnership with the Ray C. Anderson Foundation and with ongoing support from Voya Financial, ecoTech Grants are specifically offered to engage children in inquiry-based, STEM-related projects that leverage technology and/or use nature-based design to address environmental problems in local communities.
Examples of previous ecoTech Grant funded projects have involved: the integration of robotics and sensors to explore water bodies, collect data, and organize clean-ups; the development of aquaponic and hydroponic systems using arduinos and remote sensing; renewable energy design challenges; biotechnology research; nature-based design applications; and many others.
TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE WORK OF OUR PREVIOUS GRANTEES
Restoring Native Plants: Kanab High School with Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, UTStudents 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.
Using Technology to Investigate Urban Ponds / Portland, MaineStudents observed, collected data, conducted research, and wrote about the water quality, plants, animals and other living things in Baxter Woods and Evergreen Cemetery near Lincoln Middle School.
Robo Ponic Kids /New York, New YorkMr. Paoli did research that laid the groundwork for his 7th and 8th grade students to design and construct a custom Aquaponics system in their school and raise edible fish and vegetation.