In the fall of 2009, Metro Tech High School in conjunction with Phoenix Union High School District, received a grant from Science Foundation Arizona, to establish a program called EcoTech— an initiative to increase the visibility and awareness of sustainability issues and content.
The scope of EcoTech included classroom curriculum as well as whole-campus projects. Students and staff generated the projects - from initial research and proposals to construction and installation. By focusing these efforts on the campus itself, the projects serve as “real world” examples with which students, staff and visitors interact on a daily basis - illustrating how sustainability can affect and improve everyday life.
Wherever possible, these projects cross pollinate between disciplines; for example, vegetables grown by horticulture students are used by culinary students in their respective programs. The projects provide opportunities for students to see the application of academic and career-based skills and knowledge. The whole-campus projects are also visible reminders of the opportunities and benefits of sustainable practices. As these sustainable systems are adopted and integrated into Metro Tech’s campus, they also fulfill Science Foundation Arizona’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) initiative, which is focused on bringing hands-on, project based teaching and learning that increases student interest and skills in STEM-based fields. Eco-Tech project locations are identified on this map. For further information, refer to individual signage at project locations.
ABOUT SCIENCE FOUNDATION ARIZONA
Since its founding in 2006, Science Foundation Arizona (SFAZ) has worked aggressively to advance Arizona’s global competitiveness, economic diversity and long-term prosperity by investing in cutting-edge research and development and education. Formed as a public-private partnership, SFAZ has focused on spurring innovation, creating and attracting new companies, and building a high-quality workforce. SFAZ’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education initiatives have impacted more than 240,000 students and more than 5,000 teachers.