Green Tweens STEM Summer Program at The Y
|Project Lead:||YMCA of Greater New York – Greenpoint Branch|
|Project Partners:||New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, Lentol Gardens; Brooklyn Botanical Garden; Eagle Street Farm; Java Street Community Garden; and Broadway Stages|
|Project Location:||Greenpoint YMCA: 99 Meserole Avenue|
|Fact Sheet:||Green Tweens STEM Summer Program PDF|
|Project Status:||Completed (January 2017)|
The YMCA of Greater New York, Greenpoint Branch received a GCEF grant of $84,000 (and provided $48,000 in matching funds) in 2015 to conduct a program for Greenpoint students to introduce Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects to 40 Greenpoint youths, ages 11-14, over a seven-week summer period. Major activities of the GCEF-funded project included:
- Working with local, green partners including Department of Parks and Recreation, Lentol Garden, Broadway Stages and Eagle Street Rooftop, GreenpoinTrees NYC, Greening Greenpoint, CUP, The River Project, The High Line, Battery Urban Farm, Garden Stories, Google CS, P.S. 84, Queens County Farm and Waste Management
- Delivering an environmental curriculum on topics such as community history, urban farming, hydroponics, gardening, composting, conservation, robotics, coding, animation, estuaries education, urban structures, hydroponics, stewardship, tree care, plant environments, art and solar energy
- Visiting Lentol Gardens, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, and other local locations to conduct stewardship projects and learn about various environmental topics
- Holding a culminating event for staff, family, and friends that showcased work done by participants over the summer, testimonials from three participants, and an overview of projects done during the course of the program
- Provided 40 middle schoolers project-based learning activities in the area of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through a seven-week summer program.
- Increased participant’s knowledge of STEM and STEM-related careers by making experience personal and connecting it to their community. Students learned about the environmental history of Greenpoint, different gardening techniques including hydroponics and rooftop gardens, the value of composting, the many benefits of tree stewardship, and the importance of developing and maintaining public green spaces.
- Conducted stewardship projects at Lentol Gardens, where the Green Tweens helped remove dead trees and plant native flowers, and with Greening Greenpoint, who taught the Green Tweens how to care for the trees in their neighborhood.
- Held a culminating event for staff, family, and friends that showcased the work done by participants over the summer, testimonials from three participants, and an overview of projects done during the course of the program in which 50 people attended.