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April 21, 2021

Tech for Good Challenge: Teaching Sustainability

Renton Prep Christian School is recognized for its unique technology-driven curriculum that pushes its students to think outside the box. With our school’s emphasis on teaching sustainability within the classroom, we participated in the Tech for Good Challenge.

Recently, in collaboration with Microsoft and WE Schools, our students created a sustainability project for the Tech for Good Challenge. Our students’ projects — which focused on ocean life — collectively won the Creative Communicator Award out of 440 submissions.

This is just one example of how we’re involving sustainability in our curriculum. The opportunity to participate in the Summit has us considering our approach to teaching sustainability to our students.

Who is WE?

WE is an international charity organization committed to human rights, youth empowerment, and sustainability. Their online and in-person learning centers include free service-learning practices and resources for teachers, schools, and students.

In addition to providing grants to schools and international organizations, they also host online events for students and educators on topics such as cancer awareness, mental well-being, global issues, and human rights.

Their vision is to empower people to transform local and global communities by shifting from “me” thinking to “we” acting. Thus, the WE hosts various conferences such as the Virtual Environmental Sustainability Summit. This exciting opportunity is only available for five schools in the United States.

Tech for Good: A Sustainability Project

Here at Renton Prep, we believe that our students are the future and have the power to positively impact our world. That’s why we teach our students how their actions affect the community and the Earth. Not only do we actively participate in sustainability conferences, but we also integrate the UN Sustainability goals within our classrooms.

Recently we took our classes on a field trip to the Seattle Aquarium. Each class focused on combining art, science, technology, ELA, and global goals learning objectives.

Our students began the week by learning about different aquatic animal life cycles. Then students chose an animal to further study. Finally, they researched their chosen animal’s life cycle and created a presentation to concise the information.

The field trip was connected to the UN Sustainability Global Goal #14: “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas, and marine resources for sustainable development.” Using their presentation, students had to demonstrate not only what they learned but also how to apply the global goal into their lives.

Our Tech for Good Challenge was selected out of 440 global submissions at the Global Education Exchange (E2) event as the winner for Creative Communicator.

This challenge, in connection with WE Schools, required an element of service-learning and a connection to the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development. In addition, the challenge illustrated the International Society for Technology in Education Standards.

Our school focused on Goal 14, Life Below Water. With this in mind, each class chose a focus and created a digital artifact demonstrating their knowledge.

Teaching Sustainability at Renton Prep

At Renton Prep, we strive to incorporate real-life examples into our teaching methods. Students use their technology skills to combine the information taught to prepare them to succeed in a digital world.

To provide our students with the latest technology and sustainability education in our classrooms, Renton Prep is a Microsoft Showcase School and a WE School.

Contact us today to learn more about our school, educational practices, and innovative environment. Enrollment applications for the 2021-2022 school year are currently open.