Trash For Teaching Inspires Kids to Imagine New Possibilities for Rescued Materials

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Some of T4T’s programs include early child education where they conduct workshops like Letting Materials Lead the Way, “an immersion into open-end materials and the inspiration they create.” For elementary and middle school-age children, there are offerings such as the Inventor’s Dream program where students are challenged to create the Ultimate Recycling Invention. And on the high school level, teachers are collaborating to design, implement, and share new concepts for teaching hands-on Physics and Engineering through the Open Source Science program.

A major goal of T4T is to promote Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics education, or STEM. This is such an urgent focus for the organization because STEM-related jobs will number nearly 1.2 million by 2018 in California alone, according to US Innovation and The Alliance for Science & Technology Research in America. Steve Stanton says of his nonprofit, “we will inspire children to go onto college and get degrees in technology, engineering and STEM education-based fields and come back to work for companies.”

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Via NBC Los Angeles

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