SEAS 2021 TO BE VIRTUAL EVENT

NoVA Outside’s Student Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) is a regional event welcoming students from Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax City/County, Falls Church, Loudoun, Prince William, and beyond. This year SEAS will be a virtual event taking place on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22.

SEAS brings these students together to amplify youth voice in environmental problem-solving. Student presenters, green/eco teams, and classroom groups share their projects reducing waste, conserving energy, improving water quality, and preserving natural habitat in their schoolyards and communities. Each year we host student participants from as many as 50 area schools.

SEAS allows students, teachers and administrators to network, build knowledge and gain ideas to further their school’s efforts in environmental stewardship. In addition, two dozen partner organizations such as federal, state and local agencies and NGOs provide hands-on green STEAM learning activities for the students and talk to kids about their careers.

School-age youth can participate in various ways:

• General Showcase (grades K-12) – Put together a virtual display (image, video, PDF, etc) to be shared on the SEAS event page. Just getting started? Well on your way? That’s okay, share your ideas!

• Virtual Poetry Slam (all ages) – Write a poem on the inspiration you find in nature or the urgency of an environmental issue and share it in written form or as a spoken-word audio or video file. Details to be posted soon!

Caring for Our Watersheds (grades 6-10) – Earth Force hosts this competition that asks students what they can do to improve their watershed. All teams are invited to participate in SEAS. The top 10 finalist teams will present their proposals.

• Our Power (grades 6-12, select schools) – students meet in a virtual small group setting with decision-makers and leaders for a conversation on how to be more effective in their projects and advocacy. Groups will be matched based on descriptions of your environment/civics project, schedule permitting.

Registration opens in March

Volunteers and Sponsors for the event are appreciated. Please contact showcase@novaoutside.org if interested.

Many thanks to our sponsoring partners:
                 

The event is held in partnership with George Mason University’s Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC) and with Earth Force, which annually hosts the Chesapeake Bay Caring for Our Watersheds competition finals as part of the event. We also partner with the Thinkabit Lab at Virginia Tech, affording students an opportunity to tackle environmental problems using programming and sensors.

Each year SEAS features an eco-art event. In past years these have included a recycled-material mascot contest, a Video Visions exhibition, a photo contest, and a music festival with performances on instruments built from recycled materials.

Elected officials, senior school personnel, corporations, state education officials, and others are invited to the event to share with the students and to become more aware of the strength of student environmental action in Northern Virginia and the importance of supporting such work.

SEAS 2020 was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but you can check out this detailed recap of SEAS 2019. More than 600 students from nearly 50 schools attended.

See the NoVA Outside May 2018 newsletter for a recap of SEAS 2018. Photos from the event can be seen in this blog post and on Twitter #NOVASEAS18.

Questions? Contact showcase@novaoutside.org