By Bertha Vazquez
I am still teaching at G.W. Carver Middle School, 23 years and counting. I am very involved with the Dream in Green Organization. I am crossing my fingers that my students and I will win first place in our school district's Dream in Green contest this year. I will find out on May 22. The contest involved the integration of green lessons across our curriculum, the installation of rain barrels on our campus, and several student projects including a water bottle drive and a solar cooker competition.
The big news is that my students and I presented a project and became a national finalist for Samsung's Solve For Tomorrow Contest. Out of 2,300 applicants nationwide, we were among five winners in the US. You can view our winning project here:
Samsung has awarded us with $140,000 in technology for our school. We have not determined yet what the money will be spent on. One of the judges was Diane Wood, NEEF’s President! It was great to see NEEF represented in this great project.
And here’s a great link featuring our student’s selection as a Samsung Solve for Tomorrow winner: http://www.usnews.com/news/stem-solutions/articles/2014/04/30/from-alfalfa-to-old-smokey-students-use-stem-to-solve-real-world-issues?page=1