Becoming a Community Partner
What is a Dow Innovation Community Partner?
A business, non-profit, community group, individual, neighborhood, or other organization in the Great Lakes Bay Region that is:
- Working to address sustainability issues connected to one or more of the following focus areas: water quality and/or waste water management; food waste; plastic waste; and the circular economy
- Willing to identify and share a problem or challenge that students can take on in an inquiry and action research project, both in and out of the classroom
- Able to collaborate with an area teacher and their students on some level
What might a partnership with an area teacher and students involve?
- Drafting a "challenge letter" to students outlining the sustainability issue or challenge
- Providing insight and feedback to teachers and students as they work to solve a problem
- Hosting teachers and students to further their understanding of a problem through a field trip or classroom visit
- Celebrating and sharing the classes work on the problem
- Attending select events related to the Fellowship experience and/or teacher and student project work
What is the time commitment expected from a Community Partner?
- The time commitment will vary across the year, but we expect partner will contribute no more than 10-15 hours of effort over the course of a year.
- Planning will occur over the summer, and projects will take place during the school year