Through their “Problem Solving With STEM” class a group of high schools students developed some problem solving through recycling cans and other recyclable waste items.
At La Academia Partnership Charter School, students developed a recycling initiative and learned a great deal about STEM subjects while doing it.
Fifteen-year-old Leslie Suarez and her classmates believed that items that are reusable should not be wasted. They have learned a good deal from their recycling initiative, including applications, of science, technology, and math.
The initiative took shape at the beginning of the school year. Teacher Anthony Boyer asked the freshman STEM class to solve a real problem. They idea of school recycling was a popular idea that was enthusiastically pursued by the class.
In addition to petitioning teachers and administrators for approval, students researched the science of recycling, and the effect on the environment of not recycling reusable items, putting them into the waste stream. They built recycling bins from cardboard, using math and engineering concepts.
After presenting the idea to their fellow students, they created a system for collecting and sorting items so they could be delivered to the local recycling center.