OMAHA – On Tuesday, Nov. 10, students from Omaha Northwest High School and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will present final designs for a rain garden to be installed at Omaha Northwest. This P-16 service learning project highlights environmental sustainability and STEAM concepts (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math).
Throughout the fall semester, UNO students taking Professor Steve Rodie’s Landscape Appreciation and Environmental Sustainability course and Omaha Northwest students in Ms. Rachael Burns' science class have been collaboratively surveying, calculating and designing a rain garden for the high school.
This rain garden, which will be installed in the spring of 2016, will not only increase sustainable solutions to storm water runoff, but also serve as a means of continuing environmental education.
Students will unveil their final designs on Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service building (CPACS), room 132. The public and members of the UNO community are welcome to attend.
The partnership is part of the UNO P-16 Initiative. As part of UNO’s Service Learning Academy, the P-16 Initiative facilitates partnerships between three key groups:
- UNO students and their teachers
- Preschool-through-high school students and their teachers
- Community organizations and their members
Through these service-learning partnerships, P-16 brings the classroom into the community through application of education to find solutions to real-life problems.
For media requests, please contact:
Sam Petto, UNO Media Relations Coordinator
Charley Reed, UNO Associate Director of Media Relations
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