Students from Lanier Middle School and Providence Elementary School were honored for their innovative environmental solutions and creative use of recycled materials at the seventh annual School Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) at George Mason University (GMU). More than 200 FCPS students from 18 schools attended the 2018 SEAS.
Teams from Lanier Middle School won third place for their Enhancing Our Outdoor Living Classroom project, and fourth place for their It’s Green, It’s Grass, and It Grows project.
Providence ES placed third in the elementary division of the Recycled Mascot Challenge.
Attendees shared the environmental stewardship initiatives they are leading at their schools; exhibited sculptures of their school mascots made of recycled materials in the Recycled Mascot Challenge; presented their ideas for watershed improvement in the Caring for Our Watersheds competition; experimented with computer engineering to collect environmental data; and engaged in hands-on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities hosted by nonprofits, government agencies, and businesses. A team of students from Lanier Middle took part in a question and answer session on reducing plastic use with collaborated with local elected officials with a goal of developing ideas for sustainable policies.
SEAS is hosted by NoVA Outside in partnership with GMU’s Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center. Students had the unique opportunity to network and learn from students at other schools, to innovate new ways to enhance their green efforts, and to understand how their dedication and hard work contributes to regional and global efforts to ensure a sustainable future.