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FIRE Summit Embraces Hands-On Learning in Kentucky


An Eastern Kentucky initiative aims to shift the focus of the classroom away from activities that simply comply with education standards and toward driving innovation through projects like building tiny homes and detecting cancer.


Virginia Students Develop Satellite Technology

Mark Warner Wise County students

In the new Virginia Space ThinSat Program, students from fourth grade to rising seniors create small satellites that collect data from a low-Earth orbit.


Seeking Opportunities in Solar Energy

Solar panels being installed

Solar energy is on the rise across the nation. According to The Solar Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing solar energy, “one out of every 50 new jobs added in the United States in 2016 was created by the


Farmer Education Programs Blossom

Two North Carolina projects aim to help young and aspiring farmers make connections in the business.


Schools Do the Math and Go Green

Regional schools are finding that solar power and energy efficiency can help reduce electric bills, cut greenhouse gas emissions, and provide a valuable learning opportunity.


Students Use Sustainable Methods to Build New Homes, Teach Others

Virginia Tech students are helping high-schoolers learn about sustainable building materials, all while constructing a home for a family in need.


The Crooked Road Drives Mountain Music into Classrooms

A new Virginia community college course will give teachers the knowledge and techniques to present the region’s rich musical heritage to students in a multimedia format.


Seeding Dreams with Self-Esteem

Interns at the New Beginnings camp meet in the afternoons to plan for upcoming days and discuss how to resolve conflicts between campers. Photo by Kimber Ray

Through educational advancement and hands-on training, two programs strive to build new opportunities for girls and women in rural Appalachia.


Campuses Compete for Gold by Being Green

By Carvan Craft Who said it can’t be fun to help the environment? By capitalizing on the spirit of sports rivalries, these three competitions have prompted colleges and universities to recycle, reduce electricity use, get outside and pounce on their


One Appalachian College Strives to Reforest Haiti

Sewanee students and Partners of Agriculture members monitor coffee tree saplings in their Haitian nursery. Photo by Charlotte Henderson

By Carvan Craft Growing Sustainable Students RELATED STORIES Greening the Ivory Tower: Smart institutions find smart ways to save energy Students lead divestment campaign against fossil fuels One Appalachian college strives to reforest Haiti Five schools make the switch to


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