Education and Outreach
In the Classroom
Some Counties offer various displays, presentations and demonstrations that travel to schools and events. Staff provides educational presentations to elementary, middle and high school students. Contact your County Coordinator to schedule a presentation.
MDE can offer educators copies of interdisciplinary activity lessons for Grades K-9. The activity lessons cover topics such as recycling, source reduction, landfills, composting, reuse, ecosystem, cycles, hazardous waste, and buy recycled. The lessons use a variety of skills and address the subjects of science, math, social studies, language arts, environmental education, art, and English. Contact MDE to receive these activities.
America Recycles Day (ARD)
ARD is a national event (November 15th) that promotes recycling, source reduction and buying products made from recycled materials as objectives to a more sustainable society. In celebration of ARD, MDE has created the “Rethink Recycling” sculpture contest and judging ceremony to display students’ creativity and promote recycling.The sculpture contest and judging ceremony is a great opportunity for celebrating efforts of the student artists, for media exposure and for promoting waste prevention to the general public. The sculpture contest challenges students to innovatively and artistically use recycled materials as a solution to waste reduction. If you would like more information about ARD, visit the America Recycles Day'sweb page.
The 2011 "Rethink Recycling" Sculpture Contest was held on November 18, 2011 at the Maryland Department of the Environment. Over 65 entries from 29 different high schools from across the State were featured in the contest.
Amber Robinson from Digital Harbor High School in Baltimore City won the grand prize for her portrait of Lady Gaga, made from soda bottle caps, utensils, and compact discs. She won a 64GB iPad. The category winners, who received Nook eReaders were:
- Creativity: Crystal Blackwood, South Carroll High School, Carroll County, for building a giraffe towering over six feet high, made from records, compact discs, PVC pipe, and cardboard..
- Workmanship: Margaret McGill, C. Milton Wright High School, Harford County, for creating an anglerfish using compact discs, nails, and light bulbs.
- Use of Materials: Olivia Borum, South Carroll High School, Carroll County, for designing a miniature dress made of reused puzzle pieces and buttons.
- People’s Choice Category: Lauren Johnson, Smithsburg High School, Washington County, for crafting a great blue heron made from chicken wire and zip ties.
Second place winners in all four categories received refurbished laptop computers donated by sponsor, e-Structors.
PARTICIPATING HIGH SCHOOLS:
Anne Arundel: Old Mill High School
Baltimore City: Digital Harbor High School
Baltimore County: Mount de Sales Academy, Parkville High School, Redeemer Classical Christian School, Sparrows Point High School
Carroll County: Century High School, Liberty High School, South Carroll High School, Westminster High School
Calvert County: Huntingtown High School
Frederick County: Linganore High School, Middletown High School, Urbana High School, Walkersville High School
Garrett County: Northern Garrett County High School, Southern Garrett County High School
Harford County: C. Milton Wright High School
Howard County: Glenelg Country School, Reservior High School
Montgomery County: Albert Einstein High School, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School, Northwest High School, Northwood High School
Prince George’s County: Charles Herbert Flowers High School, DeMatha Catholic High School, Suitland High School-Center for Performing Arts
Washington County: Smithsburg High School, North Hagerstown High School
See pictures of the MDE's Rethink Recycling Contest Winners
For a copy of the press release, click here.
The 2012 "Rethink Recycling" Sculpture Contest will be held on November 16, 2012 at the Maryland Department of the Environment from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For additional information please contact Christy Bujnovszky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-537-4190.
Recycling Website -- for KIDS!