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City of Milwaukee using green infrastructure for STEM education in middle schools

Milwaukee, WI, USA
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Goverment Champion

Public Works

Cost

Initial:
12 Thousand USD

Project Status

Operational since 2015

Keywords

greeninfrastructure
education
conservation
Social Media

Challenges Addressed

Stormwater Management
Citizen Engagement
Water Supply & Drought
Greenhouse Gas Reduction
Energy Efficiency

Motivation

Resilient city
Sustainable city
Equitable city

Funding / Financing

Grants
State and local grants

Project Type

Technology
Service

At a Glance

The City of Milwaukee sponsored STEMhero as a curriculum for local schools. STEMhero recruited teachers who implemented the approximately month-long curriculum in their general middle school science classrooms. Students collected, analyzed and acted upon daily water and energy consumption data from their homes.

Problem Addressed

The City of Milwaukee received a grant from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District to promote education and awareness related to green infrastructure. The City wants to provide schools with related programming that is in high demand by the schools, does not require large amounts of city staff time, engages students in a quantifiable way over long periods of time, connects learning at school with families at home, and builds awareness of local infrastructure investments.

The City of Milwaukee, Parks Department used/is using the STEMhero we-based curriculum to address this/these challenge(s).

Solution(s) Used

Because STEMhero is a digital solution and is teacher-led, it can be implemented simultaneously across a service area without needing additional City staff time, can be custom branded for the utility and connect directly with existing online content that the City has developed.

Outcomes

  1. Digital media content promoting energy and water efficiency was created by students
  2. Students from nine different classrooms across 5 different schools were engaged in the program over an average of three weeks

Who Should Consider?

Utilities who have outreach objectives tied to upper school grades and the families of school aged children, especially of income-eligible programs.

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