UBMSC Participates in the First Annual Nevada Green Schools STEM Summit

CenterPoint Newsletter | January 2016 | by Yodit Hagos, Academic Counselor for UBMSC

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The UNLV Upward Bound Math and Science Center (UBMSC) participated in the first annual Nevada Green Schools STEM Summit on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at West Career and Technical Academy. The Summit featured three education tracks organized around the U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon Schools - Three Pillars of Education, Environment and Health; Sustainability and STEM, Green Places to Learn, and Sustainable Urban Agriculture.

The Summit brought together CCSD educators, school administrators, community organizations and policy makers to share successes and identify opportunities to incorporate STEM education, sustainability and urban architecture through Green Schools. Keynote speakers presented on the latest developments in STEM education throughout the event and green businesses set up informational booths. The UBMSC booth informed prospective participants and families of upcoming STEM events. Indoor Farms America had a popular interactive truck equipped with planting beds. Additional booths included: Whiting-Turner Contracting Co, The Equity Group, Republic Services, Integrated Veterans Services, Conservation District of Southern Nevada, Skybot, UNLV School of Architecture, Future Cities, and Green Our Planet.

The summit concluded with a presentation by Steven Ritz, founder of the Green Bronx Machine, and a Global Teacher Prize Top Ten finalist. He spoke passionately about using sustainable agriculture to engage and inspire at-risk and special needs students. Steven stated that he is looking into building a public health charter school in Southern Nevada. The event was so successful that plans were made for future Green Schools Summits.

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