Creative Engagement with Stakeholders for Long-term Success
Detroit Dirt and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) have teamed up to transform Michigan and Wisconsin schools into centers of enhanced learning, utilizing evidence based education via the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Detroit Dirt curriculum. The project focus is to (a) support students, educators, parents, administrators and support staff with accessible STEM curriculum; (b) develop, build and distribute STEM-based creative learning kits; (c) provide online lesson resources; and (d) offer teacher professional development workshops and online seminars to make Michigan and Wisconsin the most proficient states in STEM education related to composting, food waste diversion and soil health. An online platform process may be used with software that offers specific, measurable skills, as well as to support students in learning communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. It will make schools more engaging, and build future-ready competencies and skills. Lessons will be designed to educate students of the importance of compost and its direct impact on agriculture, food production, soil biology, carbon sequestration and more. Teaching a zero-landfill culture in schools and communities is a goal. The objective is to make this curriculum so compelling that it will reach beyond a classroom and have everyone in the schools (and home) learn the value of food, food waste, agriculture, and the practices that will keep students and staff interested in this project and consider its value beyond the classroom. Detroit Dirt in collaboration with UWSP, brings environmental leadership with a real-world curriculum to a K-12 audience and beyond.