East Bay Green CorridorPrincipal Investigator: Antwi Akom, Ph.D. Program Lead: Aekta Shah, Ed.M. Funding Support: Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation
“The Green Corridor’s Green Energy and Technology Academies are preparing the next generation of environmental stewards, scientists, business leaders and policymakers.” – Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates
“Green Energy and Technology Academies are helping students develop outstanding academic and career skills to lead the way in sustainability and building healthier communities.” – Senator Loni Hancock
East Bay Green Corridor is a partnership of government, clean energy research, education, business and community organizations that have come together to create a world-class region of clean-tech innovation, green manufacturing, and economic development. I‐SEEED is the educational convener of the Green Corridor’s Green STEM Energy and Technology Academies (GET), which were founded in 2008 to fulfill the educational mission of the Green Corridor and create high quality jobs that meet the Green Corridor’s environmental and social goals.
EBGC GET Academies are pioneering “Green STEM” curricular pathways that are heavily geared towards science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM education) in environmental and clean energy related fields. GET Academies are located in 9 high schools across the East Bay.
Since 2008 GET Academies have partnered with over 58 private and public industries, who commit their time, energy and resources to help Green Corridor students graduate with the 21st century skills and global knowledge they’ll need to succeed in the clean energy economy. They are designed to support the development of multiple pathways by which California’s students can graduate high school, complete post-secondary education, attain industry-recognized credentials, and embark upon a long and lasting career in a high paying job, and enjoy success in community building, civic engagement, work and family life.
Read More at the East Bay Green Corridor website
Some of the Key Programs of the East Bay Green
Green STEM College/Career Exploration FairCongresswoman Barbara Lee speaks to students at East Bay Green Corridor Green STEM College/Career Exploration Fair
In an effort to ensure that learning is relevant to young people’s current and future opportunities, the Green Corridor holds an annual Green STEM College/Career Exploration Fair. The fair is an exciting opportunity for over 50 public and private partnerships to reach over 500 East Bay high school students to display their businesses to future employees, customers, and advocates. This year’s fair was hosted by a collaborative team from I-SEEED, BioTech Partners, the STEM Institute, CSU East Bay, and Bayer. It was held at Berkeley City College and featured a Keynote by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, hands-on STEM workshops, a “networking session”, and STEM College and Career Panels.
Past Fair Speakers
Congresswoman Barbara Lee
Senator Loni Hancock
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner
Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates
Emily Kirsch, Ella Baker Center
Alec Loorz, co-founder of Kids vs. Global Warming
Allison Cook of The Story of Stuff
Blake Simmons, Joint BioEnergy Institute.
Advanced STEM and Digital Media Teacher Institute
The Advanced STEM and Digital Media Teacher Institute is a professional development series designed to transform teaching and learning around the following core areas: digital media and technology, GIS mapping, mobile app development, green tech, clean energy, environmental design, and STEM education. Specifically, over a series of sessions, experts from KQED, ConnectED, and I-SEEED train and support teams of teachers to integrate media literacy and production into their classrooms by developing digital media project that cuts across several subject areas (Science, Math, English, etc.). The project focuses on creating STEM-related media with students and using the high-quality multimedia and educational resources available from QUEST, KQED’s award-winning multimedia science series. The teacher teams use online platforms and digital mapping to design their projects, network and share resources, and publish student work. Through this program, teachers learn how to “lift the curriculum off the page”, integrate media-rich resources and build their digital, 21st century classrooms. This year’s Teacher Institute is sponsored by: I-SEEED, KQED, and ConnectED. Past Teacher Institutes have been sponsored by CASN, Service Learning Waste Reduction Program (SLWRP), and the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE).
Youth Sustainability Council
The Youth Sustainability Council (YSC) engages youth in local, regional, and statewide policy and action‐making processes where they can present their visions, policy platforms and youth‐driven priorities to key stakeholders and decision makers. Youth Sustainability Council‐members come from 9 different high schools across the East Bay Region, in Oakland council‐members represent McClymonds, Oakland Technical, Skyline and Castlemont High Schools. Currently, The YSC uses an innovative approach to measure accessibility to health and educational related resources by embedding grass roots constituencies in STEM opportunity mapping, 360 degree feedback loops, and sustainable urban design. Our approach combines youth participatory action research with GIS STEM mapping in order to develop tools for neighborhood advocacy and citizen planning that make schools and communities healthier places to live, learn, work and thrive.