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