AT&T supports environmental projects at Leesburg High, Round Lake Charter
Students at Round Lake Conversion Charter School and Leesburg High School will benefit from a statewide investment by AT&T this year that seeks to increase understanding of how classroom curriculum translates into STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers.
To provide a critical link from classroom to careers, AT&T is once again collaborating with the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations (CFEF) to provide experiential learning opportunities for students in school districts across Florida. Real-world application of STEM education concepts, problem-solving and critical thinking skills will all be key elements of the 47 separate projects to be organized and funded through CFEF member local education foundations, including the Educational Foundation of Lake County.
Round Lake will be designing and building an outdoor Nature Classroom. The goals of the Nature Classroom and its construction will be diverse, yet targeted to meet the needs of students and staff. Academically, the students will gain knowledge of science standards. Socially and emotionally, students will improve their teamwork abilities, communication skills, and self-control. Behaviorally, attention span and concentration will be enhanced. In a global sense, students will become more educated environmental stewards. Students volunteering to maintain the Nature Classroom will experience boosts in self-efficiency by having a project that they and others can enjoy, as well as a sense of contributing to their community. The long term goal is that the Nature Classroom will grow to include a pavilion, more complex gardens and equipment, learning stations devoted to a variety of subjects, and a nature path. The students will have an opportunity to experience science in nature.
The goal of Sense and Sustainability at Leesburg High School is for students to engage in STEM activities that promote environmental sustainability and the application of alternative energy in urban development in order to construct their own scale size sustainable town/city by developing a device using photovoltaic cells. Students will visit Leesburg Waste Water Treatment facility to learn the sustainable measures that are applied to protect our fresh water supply and the engineering skills required to repurpose waste water.
Students will then travel to the University of Florida to learn how to conduct water quality testing using probeware and the sustainable measures of aquaculture to reduce the impact of overharvesting in our oceans and freshwater systems. Students will visit the Florida Solar Energy Center at the University of Central Florida to learn about photovoltaics design and the training involved to install these devices. Students will also visit Babcock Ranch, which is considered the most sustainable city in Florida. During all of these visits students will be compiling their own designs to construct their own scale size sustainable city.
“We know that industries engaged in STEM disciplines will create a majority of high-value, high-wage jobs and within ten years, almost nine out of ten new jobs will require education beyond a high school degree,” said Joe York, AT&T Florida President. “We are pleased to make this contribution because Florida’s K-12 education foundations are well positioned to be the link between schools and local businesses for students, enabling them to build connections with potential employers in their communities, get a sense of what careers they offer and the skill sets they require.”