greeNEWit Partners with EduSerc to Launch Green STEM Residency Program (GSRP) in Maryland

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The two collaborated to design a Young Innovators Green STEM Residency Program for schools where engineers, corporate professionals and mentors deliver a year-long industry enrichment program on STEM concepts to solve environmental problems.

Leading sustainability provider, greeNEWit, is partnering with EduSerc to launch a new Green STEM Residency Program, where professional engineers are working directly in schools’ science classes to provide hands-on STEM training and industry exposure to all students in a school. Over the course of the year, greeNEWit and EduSerc will provide a 12-lesson course to science classes, educating students on how STEM unlocks the solutions facing our environmental and resource challenges, such as sustainably producing clean power and organic food.

Sherwood Elementary in Olney, Maryland and St. Philip The Apostle Middle School in Temple Hills, Maryland are the first schools rolling out the Green STEM Residency Program this year.

“We’re one month in and so far the teachers love it, the parents love it, and the students can’t get enough,” Sherwood Elementary Principal Dina Brewer said.

The first semester of the program features six lessons around renewable energy production and consumption, covering topics such as solar and wind production, energy storage, and energy efficiency. The second semester transitions from renewable energy to sustainable agriculture, culminating in a year-end project where students will build a vertical hydroponic garden to grow vegetables for their school cafeteria.

greeNEWit and EduSerc are working directly with teachers to integrate lessons and activities in with each grade’s monthly curriculum, providing students with fun, real world applications to the topics they’re learning in class. Each of the STEM activities highlights a tech-based solution for the environmental challenges students will be solving as they begin their career.

Principal Karen Clay of St. Philip the Apostle Middle School says the STEM Residency program is engaging students in critical thinking skills while encouraging them to use all of their senses. “We can see it reinvigorating their love of learning,” Clay said.

“With the Green STEM Residency Program, every single student can learn from real engineers on a consistent basis to create extraordinary technological advances for the environment,” Founder and Executive Director of Eduserc Brian Smith said. “In addition, the adoption of a residency program turns the school into a specialized educational resource and target for upcoming or transferring members of the community.”

With this year’s program off to an exciting start, greeNEWit is already setting up programs for the 2017-2018 school year. Contact gabe(at)greeNEWit.com to inquire directly.

To learn more about the Green STEM Residency Program, visit http://www.eduserc.org/stemresidency. To learn how greeNEWit can help you save energy and money, visit http://www.greenewit.com or call the office at 866.994.7639.

About greeNEWit
greeNEWit’s mission is to redevelop our built environment to produce power and grow food. Our firm makes communities more resilient, sustainable, and economically prosperous. By working with residential, multifamily, and commercial real estate, greeNEWit has an expansive perspective on how energy end-users understand, interact, and engage with their energy profile. With clients that include some of the most successful developers and managers of student, military, and multi-family housing, greeNEWit is a tech-enabled service business in the growing clean-tech space. Headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, greeNEWit is expanding nationwide. For more information, visit: greeNEWit.com.

About EduSerc
EduSerc stands for Educators Serving the Community. EduSerc is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization that dedicates itself to the development and advancement of youth, adults and the community across the nation. Founded in 1996, the focus of the organization is to build an infrastructure of resources to strategically and creatively address the education needs of communities, primarily through career and professional development training.

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