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Election Day Professional Development

On November 6, 2018, NY Sun Works hosted a day of development for all K-5 partner teachers. Discussions centered on the new programs and platform which have been specifically designed according to the new NYC Science Scope and Sequence.

Some of the teachers who joined were brand new partners and others have been integrating hydroponic sustainability science into their school program for years. But regardless of level or experience, we all learned a lot about the process of keeping a working farm up and running within the context of a science lab. By the end of the day, we felt confident all of our partner teachers were ready to inspire their students to become active citizens and Farmer Scientists who engage in positive and meaningful environmental change.

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Our 2018 Youth Conference Videos are up!

We are so excited to announce that the videos from our 7th Annual Youth Conference are up on NYSW YouTube Channel!

The event featured 54 youth speakers from NY Sun Works partner schools, and adult speakers Rob Laing CEO Farm.One and Inspirational speaker Rahfeal Gordon.  

Presentations addressed Sustainability Science, Food Justice, Climate, Innovation, Urban Planning, and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Click on top left corner of video screen for a dropdown of all presentations

Hot off the press: NEW K-5th grade curriculum aligned to the 2018 NYC Science Scope and Sequence

It has been a busy summer at NY Sun Works! Our curriculum development team has designed an entire new set of lessons for Kindergarten to 5th grades that are aligned to the NGSS and the 2018 NYC Science Scope and Sequence. The curriculum is available to all NY Sun Works partner schools and it will be accessible through our online Learning Center.

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NYSW welcomes new school partners and celebrates 86 labs built across NYC and Northern New Jersey

Summer is always a super exciting time at NYSW and this year was no different. Our team finished building 15 new hydroponic science labs and we are thrilled to welcome our new school partners, teachers and students into the NY Sun Works family.

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Summer training at PS84

This summer 23 teachers gathered at the greenhouse at PS84, Jose De Diego for our 36 hour training course titled “Water, Waste and Energy – How to bring themes of sustainability into the classroom“.  The workshop focuses on  supporting teachers to bring engaging and relevant STEM and sustainability education to their students.

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Sunset BBQ and Lawn Party

Our Sunset BBQ and Lawn Party on Tuesday night turned out to be a truly magical and inspiring evening with 160 people coming together for an urban farm-to-table dinner in support of NY Sun Works and the public schools, teachers and students we serve.

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Discovering Sustainability Science: Youth Conference

On May 21st at Symphony Space NY Sun Works hosted 54 students from 14 NYC public schools who presented their research on Sustainability Science to a sold-out auditorium of 750 kids and teachers during the the 7th annual NY SUN WORKS Youth Conference.  The Conference will also be  streamed live, and video presentations will be available on our website this summer.

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Youth Climate Summit at Columbia University

We were so excited to participate at Columbia University’s 2018 Youth Climate Summit

The yearly Youth Climate Summit is an opportunity for high school students to interface with fellow students and speakers/environmental organizations in a workshop setting focusing on actionable ways to engage in the climate movement.

The NYSW presentation was titled: We Are What You Eat: A conversation about how our food choices & food waste impact the climate.

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Bregal Sagemount Gives Back: a greenhouse classroom built in a day!

We had a super fun and inspiring day at PS14 in Queens where a motivated team from Bregal Sagemount brought their families out to build an entire classroom lab on a Saturday.

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