Featuring TED Talk-style presentations, students from across Orange County shared their ideas on resource conservation and environmental awareness at Anaheim Union High School District's Sustainability Showcase. The annual event, created to give students the opportunity to highlight solutions to global issues, won CSBA's 2015 Golden Bell "Going Green!" award, which includes a $5000 prize, sponsored by F3.
Over 100 students participated in the showcase, where they described their work on topics that included alternative energy, the environment, sustainable design, and health. Using their skills in oral presentation and multimedia presentations, students as young as nine years old discussed issues which they care about and advocated for solutions.
Anaheim Union High School District Board President Annemarie Randle-Trejo encouraged other districts to consider replicating the event, noting its emphasis on preparing students for careers of the future. "We all know the importance of preparing students, especially girls and underrepresented minorities, for careers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math)," she said. "Our district does a fantastic job of exposing students to STEAM fields and training opportunities through our academies and classes. Our Sustainability Showcase reflects the importance we place on those disciplines, while giving students a wonderful opportunity to display their talents in tackling issues of global importance."
Photo above, left to right:
Christopher Keeler and Namita Brown, members of F3 Management Committee; Annemarie Randle-Trejo, AUHSD Board President; Michael Matsuda, AUHSD Superintendent; Jesus Holguin, CSBA Immediate Past President; Mike Walsh, CSBA Vice President: and Vernon Billy, CSBA Executive Director.
To get more information about the Golden Bell Awards, including eligibility criteria and timeline for judging, see the CSBA web site.