GCC STEEP high schoolers to showcase projects June 26

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Guam Community College

The 23 high school students in GCC’s Sustainable Technologies & Environmental Education summer camp have been busy over the last three weeks, building furniture out of recycled pallets, making chargers for their electronic devices using solar panels, and designing and building sustainable container home models. They will be ready to showcase their handiwork on Monday, June 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the GCC Multi-purpose Auditorium.

“GCC feels it is absolutely essential for students to engage in the hands-on aspects of learning about sustainability,” said Francisco “Kiko” Palacios, GCC Sustainability Coordinator. “Our goal has been to keep their wheels turning regarding the concepts of sustainability, and to have them exercise critical thinking and creativity skills in a fun and interesting way in order to keep them engaged.”

In addition to Recycled Pallet Furniture, Renewable Energy/Solar, and Sustainable Container Homes, students in the STEEP have also learned about Environmental and Marine Biology, Invasive Species, Drone Technology, and Energy/Fossil Fuels.

“Students have been learning about these topics from industry experts. Not only have they been learning through presentations, media, and so forth, they have been busy doing numerous hands-on activities that reinforce the subjects that are being covered,” Palacios said.

The public is invited to stop in at the GCC MPA on Monday, June 26th, between 9:30am to 2:00 pm to view these projects, and to vote for their favorite one. The top vote getter will be honored with a “Viewer’s Choice” award, according to Palacios.

The GCC Sustainable Technologies and Environmental Education Program (STEEP) for high school students runs during summer and winter breaks. The program engages students in the topic of sustainability through hands-on, interactive and innovative teaching strategies. Students plan, construct and analyze sustainable projects designed to pique their interest in sustainability and the STEM subjects - science, technology, engineering and math. For more information on the GCC STEEP, call Francisco “Kiko” Palacios, GCC Sustainability Coordinator, at 735-5501 or 777-8080, or email him at francisco.palacios1@guamcc.edu.

Learn more at http://www.guamcc.edu/Runtime/SustainabilityAtGCC.aspx

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