The Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge, an environmental science fair, will be held on April 2 at the Pierce School, 50 School St., as part of Climate Week 2016. Registration is for students in grades K-12. Registration before the event is required.
The event is the idea of a Pierce School second-grader, Aspen. His mother, Crystal Johnson, a sustainability expert, then developed the details of the challenge as part of Climate Week. Johnson believes that youths have an ability to think big, to think outside of the box and to trust in their imagination for problem-solving. She hopes that by asking Brookline youth for their ideas, seeds will be planted that might one day yield new innovation, inspire career goals and lead to young people’s greater involvement as active citizens.
What is requested are ideas that address energy, transportation, air, water, ocean land, waste, biodiversity, the food supply, eco-fashion or any issue that has environmental consequences. There is a $20 limit for supplies. A drawing of a concept is OK. Parents of young kids can make the project a family affair and high school students can leverage their participation for college applications. While all participants will receive a certificate of excellence, a youth from each age group between second and 12th grades will be awarded a gift certificate, as well as receive a citation from state Rep. Frank Smizik, D-Brookline. To date, Brookline
Booksmith and Henry Bear’s Park have donated gift certificates to support and empower Brookline youth to think critically.
The Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge is designed to be an inspirational way to witness how imagination leads to innovation. The public can see the finished work and learn what the youth are thinking. Brookline businesses or organizations can contribute a prize or their time by contacting Crystal Johnson.
Entries must address what the applicant is passionate about. For beginners, intermediate and advanced science students. Applicants should examine an environmental issue and present their solution. Open to grades: kindergarten to one, two to three, four to five, six to eight, and nine to 12. Free. For information or to register as individual, group, class or school: CrystalJohnsonISES@gmail.com.