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EPIC Sustainable Neighborhood Youth Challenge

  • Students collecting data
  • Students referring to a city map
  • Students using technology in the field

We are looking for teachers in grades 6-12 interested in sustainability! The Nature Museum is partnering with the US Green Building Council-Illinois Chapter (USGBC-IL) and Civic ArtWorks to bring you the EPIC Sustainable Neighborhood Youth Challenge, an opportunity for Chicago high school and middle school teachers and their students to develop community-based sustainability campaigns focused on Chicago’s historic boulevard system. The Challenge can easily be incorporated into an existing after-school club or lay the foundation for a new suitability-focused club at your school. Participating teachers could also choose to incorporate The Challenge into a science and/or social studies class.

Highlights include:

  • Two teacher Professional Development workshops after-school at the Nature Museum- teachers will receive PD Clock Hours and $150 stipend upon completion of the program.  Workshop 1 on December 6.
  • Teachers and teams of up to 10 students attend a Challenge Kick-off event and symposium at the Nature Museum where they’ll learn from sustainability experts and work with USGBC-IL mentors (transportation and museum admission provided)  on Saturday, January 14.
  • USGBC-IL sustainability experts provide in-person and online mentorship for the student teams throughout the development of their campaigns
  • Student teams will be eligible for $150 grant for research field trip(s) related to their campaign
  • Student projects eligible for CPS Service Learning
  • The top three students teams will have the opportunity to showcase their campaigns and be honored at the USGBC-IL Limelight event in May 2017

Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning at The Chicago Community Trust

A funder collaborative that empowers educators to use connected learning principles, including the thoughtful integration of digital media and technology, to help engage youth in meaningful 21st Century learning experiences.

Today’s young people live in a hyper-digital and often fragmented world. This is true in their lives as learners as well—learning can occur anywhere, anytime. In order to meet the needs of the next generation, a growing body of research indicates that digital media tools and technology can be leveraged to connect academics to interests, learners to friends and mentors, and learning opportunities to the kinds of skills the new economy demands. These three elements undergird an emerging pedagogical approach called connected learning.

The application for 2016-17 school year is now closed, please check back in Fall 2017 for information about the 2017-18 EPIC Challenge.

For any questions, please email or call 773-755-5163.

This project is funded by Hive Chicago Fund for Connected Learning at The Chicago Community Trust.

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