Students Create Eco-Products
PRC partners with Pittsburgh Sci-Tech to create eco-friendly products
Through the support of the Sprout Fund, PRC has been working with students in the Environmental Track at Pittsburgh’s Science & Technology Academy during the spring semester of 2015 to introduce them to local environmental topics including recycling and resources conservation, watershed education, composting and environmental health. These presentations taught the students how to make their own nontoxic personal care products, conduct a waste audit, make a worm composting bin, and more. This base knowledge on these important issues helped students decide on which topic to focus on for their spring projects as well as a focus for their senior year focus.
In order to garner more interest and excitement in their projects the students at Pittsburgh Sci-Tech took a tour of Tech Shop Pittsburgh in April 2015. This tour exposed the students to what Tech Shop has to offer as well as have allowed staff assist them with their project designs. Students completed their projects the final week of school and provided videos and images to describing their projects and promoted them online. Projects included non-toxic face scrubs and perfume, seed bombs, vertical gardens, solar ovens and more.
The project will continue into the fall with PRC assisting Sci-Tech students on their “Executive Experience” projects. PRC will also be assisting them a food waste audit and analysis of Pittsburgh Sci-Tech’s cafeteria, as well as help to design a composting system and bins for recycling collection in the cafeteria.