T4T is collaborating with Lawndale Elementary School District on multiple projects to inspire students to reduce, reuse, recycle & re-engineer. In partnership with Lawndale’s RAP (Realizing Amazing Potential) before & after school program, students will be exploring NASA’s Beginning Engineering Science and Technology curriculum with T4T materials district wide this summer. Thanks to Republic Services & T4T, students at Billy Mitchell & Anderson Elementary School re-imagined recycling as hands-on school assemblies. Thank you Sam Pena, Debbie Morris, Gerda Schmidt, Elsa Cernuda, Dennis Howard, April Hilario, and Betsy Hamilton for all your work behind the scenes.
Thanks to a grant by Republic Services, physics teachers from LAUSD & Teach for America attended professional development workshops focused on getting ready for the Next Generation of Science Standards.
Inspired by Hawthorne’s G.R.E.E.N. Team, T4T interviewed students, teachers, administrators & parents in an effort to RE-IMAGINE ideas about Creativity.
“What does CREATIVITY Mean to You?”
And what does CREATIVITY have to do with Environmental Education?
LAUSD and Republic Services are pioneering Recycling at an unprecedented scale. To support their efforts, T4T is designing hands-on recycling training for students that will be implemented in PE Classes.
Republic Services and T4T are Re-imagining the traditional 3 R’s of Environmental Education, (REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE) and adding a few more R’s to the mix: Rethink, Reclaim, Re-engineer, Re-Invent, Revitalize, Re-inspire…
“What does Recycling Mean to You?”
T4T and Republic Services treated young residents to a day to be remembered. Boys and Girls raced the clock to correctly figure out “What Goes Where?”, in an environmentally themed dash, while other groups engineered their “Ultimate Recycling Machine.” The challenge was to create a “set-up” that could transport a can or a bottle into a recycling bin, and what emerged was a fantastic combination of sling shots, tube & ramp contraptions, and zip lines. Thank you Daniel Cortez and his team of helpers, Vanessa Mapula, Sean Fin, James Pledger and Viki Stathopoulos.
Republic Services and T4T are providing inspiring hands-on environmental education for local school districts, municipalities, and corporations.
Check out the links below for information regarding these programs:
Republic Services & T4T are in the business of strengthening our communities, and June 21st 2012 they invited stakeholders from all across LA to join the education and sustainability revolution. Special guest Sasha Strauss, managing director of Innovation Protocol presented inspiring models for collaboration and moderated a question & answer session. Guests toured T4T, networked, and rolled up their sleeves and invented their own “Ultimate Recycling Machine,” that the next day was featured on Channel 4 news.
Education Partners included: Hawthorne School District, LA Unified School District, Hermosa Beach School District. Higher Education Partners included: Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), NASA Dryden Flight Research Center. Business partners included: Boeing, Northrop Gruman, Space-X, LA Dodgers, and many more. Special Thanks to Hawthorne’s GREEN Team!
Broadcom MASTERS 2012 at Intel ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair) Pittsburgh, PA 2012
Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) inspires middle school age scientists, engineers and innovators through a competition that rewards independent research, scientific inquiry, hands-on learning and teamwork. The finalists are invited to attend Intel ISEF and a host of events. The grand finale this year was a 4 hour culminating invention challenge with 2,000 lbs. of T4T materials. Working in teams, 150 students from all over the world designed and built the most fantastic engineering devices that ultimately recycled bottles and cans into recycling bins. Huge thanks to Paula Golden, Stephanie Lemnios, the Society for Science & the Public (SSP), and Republic Services.
“What Goes Where” was a sorting race, with all ages competing against the clock to figure out with types of materials could be recycled, which were considered trash & what was household hazardous waste. “Inventing the Ultimate Recycling Machine” was a design-build challenge to transport cans and bottles into blue bins through a crazy creative contraption. The results were amazing, with zip lines, catapults, sling shots and towers of tubes sending recyclables and inspiration across the lawn and home with all that participated. Artist and Art Facilitator Teresa Tolliver hosted “Art in Action”, a table where kids created imaginative and functional vehicles with T4T materials.
A huge thanks goes to Hawthorne’s GREEN Team, the most passionate and inspiring high school students we know!
April 21st 2012 was a memorable day for Lawndale residents from the 14800 Block of Firmona. To recognize their superior recycling set-out rate, these residents were awarded a Recycling Rewards Block Party, sponsored by the City of Lawndale, Consolidated Disposal Services (A Republic Services Company), and HF&H Consultants. Tips on reducing trash rates were transformed into 2 large scale T4T experiences, thanks to students from Hawthorne’s GREEN Team. “What Goes Where” was a sorting race, with all ages competed against the clock to figure out which types of materials could be recycled, which were considered trash, household hazardous, and green waste. “Inventing the Ultimate Recycling Machine” was a design-build challenge to transport cans and bottles into blue bins, through a crazy creative contraption.
Thank you to all the young engineers, teachers, families, and volunteers that made this event possible. The challenge was to design and build a machine that transported a can or bottle into a blue recycling bin. Take a look at some of the incredible innovation and collaboration that unfolded in front of our eyes. Special thanks to Republic Services for their sponsorship of this event.