Webinar: Growing Schoolyard STEM Projects

Excited to be a participant in the webinar “Growing Schoolyard STEM Projects!” See below to learn more,

  • What? Join us the Wednesday before National Environmental Education Week for an introduction to the many applications of schoolyard gardens and green spaces as teaching tools for connecting environmental education and STEM learning! Presenters will cover some of the many different types of gardens or other spaces that can be used as outdoor classrooms and the related STEM tie-ins they offer. From engineering a garden bed or rainwater system, to the biology of plant life or pollinators, to the math used to calculate growing cycles and planting times, the lesson options are endless.
  • Who? Hear Nathaniel Wight, a science teacher in New York City, share his experience with a green roof project and his plans for what he has in mind next. Then Melanie Parker from Anne Arundel County Public Schools in Maryland will talk about how to infuse stormwater education into an entire school system’s curriculum. And finally, hear from Nature Works Everywhere about some of the premier resources available for helping you start and get the most out of your own schoolyard STEM garden.
  • When? Wednesday, April 15 2015 at 7:30pm ET.
  • How? Register for EE Week 2015 to join the live session on Wednesday. The link to join the webinar will be provided to all registrants of EE Week 2015. Registration is free and open to everyone!
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BDCA E2RC Design Competition!

Last year BDCA students won a prestigious international prize for their Energy Environment Research Center (E2RC) design. This year, 11th and 12th grade architectural students refine the design using AutoCAD. Congratulations to Justine, Joande, and Noel! These winning designs will be showcased at the World Future Energy Summit during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week this January, and will also be used to guide our construction in the spring.

Designs were evaluated on the below categories:

  • Renewable Energy (25 pts)
  • Greenhouse (25 pts)
  • Landscape Design (25 pts)
  • Sustainability (25 pts)

Total scores were weighed as such:

  • 60% industry professionals/partners
  • 20% BDCA staff
  • 20% student presentations

Project Timeline:

Note: the wind turbine created in these drawings will actually be a vertical axis wind turbine (like this one in Long Island City), not horizontal as depicted in these drawings. Vertical axis turbines are powered by wind coming from all 360 degrees. Because of this versatility, vertical axis wind turbines are ideal for installations where wind conditions are not consistent, such as in urban settings.

Zayed Future Energy Environment Research Center:

  • Provide a model educational center where both students and community members can study sustainable design and renewable energy systems.
  • Provide a showcase of cutting-edge renewable energy systems that will be visible and available at street-level for students, professionals, academics, engineers, and visitors to learn from.
  • Provide an outside supplemental classroom for CTE and content-based classes.
  • Provide an off grid emergency power facility that can be used by the community during power outages and times of need.
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Zayed Future Energy Prize Finalists!

Bronx Design & Construction Academy is excited to announce that we’re Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP) finalists, for the second year in a row! As one of 3 schools representing the Americas, we’ll compete for $100,000 in Abu Dhabi this January. If we win, we’ll use funding to build an Energy-Environment Research Center in front of our school with a 3.5kW wind turbine and 3kW solar photovoltaic array. Watch this video and see the below picture to learn more.

Nathaniel Thayer Wight
Bronx Design & Construction Academy
www.bxdca.org | www.MrWight.wordpress.com

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COMPLETED! Solar PV Crowd Funding for BDCA!

Our Green Roof Integrated Photovoltaic Canopy project was recently fully funded through Divvy Solar‘s solar panel crowd funding platform! Thanks to everyone who made this a reality! We’ll keep you updated on our progress!

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$5500 Crowd Funded Solar PV for BDCA!

Consider supporting solar panel crowd funding at Bronx Design & Construction Academy! Click here to see our project page and watch this video to learn more about our Green Roof Integrated Photovoltaic Canopy research. You can easily do this by logging in either here using social media or here using Divvy Solar. Note: nothing will be charged unless we reach our goal.

If interested in crowd funding solar panels for a school you know, check out Divvy Solar!

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$5000 Crowd Funded PV for BDCA!

Support solar panel crowd funding at BDCA!

Click here to see our project page and watch this video to learn more about Bronx Design & Construction Academy‘s student involvement with our Green Roof Integrated Photovoltaic Canopy project.

Support us by purchasing a square on our attached rooftop image. You can easily do this by logging in either here using social media or here using Divvy Solar. Note: nothing will be charged unless we reach our goal.

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Solar PV Crowd Funding!


“DivvySolar (divvysolar.com) recently launched the beginning of an exciting new era of crowdsourcing solar panels! Their first project is at Bronx Design & Construction Academy to help turn our Green Roof Integrated Photovoltaic Canopy (https://gripv.wordpress.com) pilot project into a full scale study on our school’s roof.

Support our project here! http://divvysolar.com/projects/BDCA_solar/

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Learn More:
Divvy enables the development of community clean energy projects through crowdfunding to provide sustainable social, environmental, and financial impacts. Community organizations—schools, religious institutions, local businesses, etc.—use the online platform to reach their local members as well as to connect with the global renewable energy community. Divvy oversees the project’s fundraising campaign, integrating with social media to push projects to funding completion. The community organization provides the Funders with rewards ranging from sentimental student artwork to coupons and discounts for their contributions. After the funding process is completed, the organization receives the solar system at no cost and stays connected with the Funders through the Divvy platform, while enjoying financial and environmental benefits over the system’s lifetime (>30 years). Divvy’s pilot project is a stand-alone, experimental solar system at the Bronx Design and Construction Academy for investigating the synergies between solar and green roofs. The Divvy platform is launching with this project on August 28th, when it will be opened up for other project initiators as well. Among other project leads, a grid-tied solar system at Middle School 88 (MS88) in Brooklyn is under review by school staff and Department of Education contacts.”

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