John Jay Pitches Five Ideas at Sustainability Showcase
Five teams from John Jay High School presented their ideas at the Bedford 2020 Greenlight Award showcase at Horace Greeley High School on Saturday, December 14, 2019. The teams are part of Steven Zoeller’s Principles of Engineering class and the high school Sustainability Club. The engineering students pitched products that reduce the use of natural resources and minimize greenhouse gases. Members of the Sustainability Club presented advocacy programs that they will institute as part the school’s Sustainability Week planned for early March 2020.
“Bedford 2020 has put together an opportunity for students to learn 21st century skills in a real-world situation and prepare them to become entrepreneurs,” said Zoeller.
Members of the Sustainability Club
Students Pitch New Ways to Live Sustainably
- Alex Kasel wants to reduce excess packaging used with online shopping deliveries.
- The Pedal 2 The Medal team of Alec Skriloff, Reagan Simos, Brian Williams, Jonathan Vicente, and Jacton Tlaczani hope to bring energy awareness to students through the use of a spin bike.
- The Repurposing Plastic Use team of Ashley Stagnari, Olivia Berenson and Mikaela Harris plan to repurpose plastics at school.
- James Tepper aims to reduce plastic waste by improving water taste and promoting the use of refillable water bottles.
- The team of Sam Knowlton, Kieran Heneghan, Remi Sandell, and Thomas Dachik are working on a solar-powered 12-volt battery charger for the John Jay robotics class.
Bedford 2020 Greenlight Award
Bedford 2020 Greenlight Award showcase is like the TV show “Shark Tank.” Students must pitch their ideas to experts who can fund their project with up to $500 of seed money. More than 35 teams from eight different high schools competed. While only six teams will be selected for funding, all students can bring their concepts to fruition regardless of the funding and have the opportunity to showcase their results at Earthshot 2030, the final round of the competition and a community climate action event, on Sunday, April 19, 2020.