Engagement with STAR Academic High School

Project partners met with school representatives of STAR Academic High School on June 21, 2017 to explore opportunities for collaboration on GI. GI demonstration projects can be used as education tools for their students and they were willing to use their networks and facilities to invite neighbors to engagement activities in this area. Principal Flores talked about creating a student club “STAR Barrio Verde” to develop these projects that would be open to the community and using their facilities for community engagement. They want to hold an open forum where leaders can emerge to take individual projects under their supervision.

On August 8 2017, Dr. Joaquin Murrieta talked with STAR students about GI and ways in which they can work on their Science class to invent devices that would make this technology more efficient. The students are working on a proposal to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to fund them in this effort.

As a result of this engagement, we are engaging other Sunny Side District schools to discuss ways in which green infrastructure projects could be developed in school grounds by bringing in the school community, the surrounding community, and the community at large.