The SENCER Chesapeake Center for Innovation is sponsoring a one-day workshop at the Airlie Conference Center in Warrenton Virginia, for faculty interested in sustainable food production. Airlie Conference Center, now owned by American University, is dedicated to responsible land stewardship through conservation and sustainable practices. Their organic garden has been expanded, and they support new opportunities for production of, and education in, farm-to-table food.
Faculty interested in creating or modifying courses, or using innovative methods for farm-to-table production, or increasing student involvement in sustainability, are invited to attend free of charge. We encourage faculty teams (2-4) from any regional two or four year colleges. Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the garden, and discuss potential collaborations with this exciting, new expanded food production program. Applicants are not required to include food production or education on-site at Airlie in their proposal. In addition, implementation awards of $500 – $1000 will be made to several teams.
More information and application instructions are on the website.
Please join us at the 5th Annual Fairfax County Elementary and Middle School Science and Engineering Fair organized by Pinnacle Academy and College of Science, George Mason University. Pinnacle Academy’s curriculum includes a heavy STEM emphasis and encourages students to think of learning material in context to real world applications. Annually, Pinnacle Academy students participate in a variety of academic competitions and a school-wide science fair. In collaboration with the STEM Accelerator at COS, Pinnacle Academy created this opportunity for elementary- and middle school students to share their projects on a larger scale and initiated this regional fair.