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 now funded with ongoing support from Voya Financial Foundation, 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.


CYCLE 1:    OPENS  // Sept 15       CLOSES  // January 15

CYCLE 2:    OPENS  // March 15      CLOSES  // July 15

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ecoTech Success Stories

Mapping & Analysis of Urban Soils

Grantee: Radix Ecological Sustainability Center /Albany, New York Grant Type: ecoTech Description: The Radix Ecological…

Pollinator Garden in Alaska

Grantee: Van Meter Community School District – Van Meter, Iowa Grant Type: Pollination ecoSTEM Kit…

Growth of Corals

Growing Coral at Rockway

Grantee: Miami Dade County School Board – Miami, FL Project Title: Accelerating the Growth of…

Mountain Sky Middle’s Coral Mounts

Grantee: Mountain Sky Middle School – Phoenix, AZ Project Title: 3D Printing Coral Mounts to…