Earth Day Texas to Bring Thousands of Students and Educators Representing More Than 100 Schools
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DALLAS (March 30, 2017) – Earth Day Texas constantly strives to increase environmental awareness through education. One of its top goals is to inspire the next generation of scientists, innovators, disruptors, creators and trailblazers who will dedicate their lives to creating a sustainable future for everyone. This year, Earth Day Texas will bring thousands of educators and students together in Dallas for three inspiring days to learn, share and engage.
“Environmental education at Earth Day Texas is rooted in deep curiosity, creativity and purposeful ideas that impact our planet today and in the future,” said Dr. Clay D. Hanks, vice president for Academic Relations at Earth Day Texas.
Key education-themed highlights include:
- Solar Raceway – Two of the country’s most exciting high school STEM programs, Solar Rollers and the Solar Car Challenge, are teaming up on this revved up initiative. The raceway is designed to spotlight the innovative high school teams that have designed, built and raced their own solar-powered cars. The Solar Rollers Trophy Race on Saturday, April 22 will be hosted by professional race car driver and environmental activist Leilani Munter.
- EARTHxPitch: Academic Division – Primary and secondary school groups and educational nonprofits from around the country face off in this academic competition. The groups with the best “pitches” for projects that have a positive environmental impact on the community will be awarded cash prizes to help fund their proposals.
- Earth Day Texas Academics – Students and educators from around the world will be convening in Dallas to share how they are addressing sustainability and conservation on their campuses. More than 100 schools will be represented at Earth Day Texas both nationally and internationally, including an elementary school from Nicaragua that powers their computer lab with solar energy.
There are many ways to participate in the academic components of Earth Day Texas. Teachers can exhibit their students’ science projects or even earn CPE credits for attending any of the panel sessions. Primary and secondary campuses can bring a group of students on a field trip or participate in a debate tournament. Earth Day Texas provides the perfect venue to hear from environmental thought scholars through the Green Speaker Series, such as Dr. Youssef Mouneimne of the American University of Beirut and Dr. Jorge Vanegas of Texas A&M University, among many others.
Tech junkies can learn about the innovations that will improve one’s quality of life and the lives of future generations. Attendees can engage in one-on-one dialogue with experts in architecture, engineering, alternative energy, public health, law, transportation, environmental politics and so much more.
“Education is really what we’re all about and bringing a diverse group of people together to continue learning and making an impact,” added Hanks. “In short, we encourage everyone to come curious, ask questions and share your ideas about how to preserve this big blue marble we call home.”
About Earth Day Texas
As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on environmental education and awareness, Earth Day Texas (EDTx) has created the world’s largest annual forum for sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies and corporate practices that are reshaping the future. Founded in 2011 by Dallas-based environmentalist, philanthropist and businessman Trammell S. Crow, EDTx promotes environmental awareness by curating an atmosphere for conscious business, nonpartisan collaboration and community-driven sustainable solutions. Attendees can also enjoy outdoor experiences, live music, environmentally-themed films and art exhibits, beer and food pavilions, family activities and more. Last year’s EDTx exposition at Fair Park showcased more than 800 exhibitors and 250 speakers, with more than 130,000 attendees enjoying the free, three-day event. For more information, visit earthdaytx.org.
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