CultivATE Teaches Us How to Grow Healthy Food

CultivATE Teaches Us How to Grow Healthy Food

Today, Westchester Enriched Sciences Magnet students can take a class that teachers them to grow vegetables with an aquaponics system, and learn how to cook the vegetables they grow too. This opportunity was made possible thanks to CultivATE, the school’s 2013 Aspen Challenge team. Students secured funding to build a large facility on their campus, and worked with the school to incorporate the system’s operational tasks into curriculum. They sought support from LA City Council in order to bring their ideas to others across the city, garnering attention for the Los Angeles Times. Today, students from the team are continuing their aquaponics interests and pursuing a business idea to reimagine community development through aquaponics.

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Organize Change Engage Act Now

Organize Change Engage Act Now

Downtown Magnets High School is in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Their team, O.C.E.A.N. Los Angeles (Organize Change Engage Act Now Los Angeles), capitalized on the diverse backgrounds of its students as they addressed a challenge issued by renowned oceanographer David Gallo. The team conceived of a plan to bring the ocean back to the city by uniting inner-city residents in a multilingual promotional campaign. They distributed cloth grocery bags to local businesses, went into classrooms to teach younger students about ocean health, and grew a massive social media campaign, gaining over a thousand followers on Facebook in just a few short days. The team played on LA’s prominent movie industry by creating informational marketing tools that mimicked the industry’s films. Today, O.C.E.A.N. Los Angeles continues its good work with new students from DT Magnets.

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