Projects sought for one cool Middleboro event

Mar 1, 2024

MIDDLEBORO — The Cooler Middleboro Fair is coming to town again on Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Middleboro High School. 

This year fair organizers are seeking projects from extracurricular youth groups, such as Scouts, 4-H, church groups, and arts, nature, and other community programs for youth, as well as school classrooms.

Projects should showcase energy efficiency, biodiversity, or climate and environmental policy. They could be similar to a science fair project: ways to reduce carbon, save energy, or choose products for your home.

Last year high engineering students tested and exhibited insulation materials. Fifth graders made solar cookers. And Soule Homestead demonstrated how to plant a garden to sequester carbon.

The project could also be a skit, song, posters, art, video, upcycled fashion, a letter to the editor campaign, or any other creative idea with a climate or environmental theme that kids care about. 

“What’s so cool about this fair is that it really is for all ages, and everything is free,” said Kimberly French of Sustainable Middleboro, one of the sponsors. “Kids can walk through a life-size inflatable whale, make shark tooth necklaces, and have fun with a bunch of free family activities offered by our partner, New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance. At the same time adults can learn about insulation, heat pumps, solar panels, and electric vehicles, and how to pay for them, all in one stop.”

If youth groups need ideas for projects to exhibit, Sustainable Middleboro can set up a free consultation with the curriculum adviser at Cooler Communities, which provided a grant for the fair, along with the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The fair is also co-sponsored by the Middleboro High School Youth Environmental Social Society. 

Awards and pizza will be provided for youth exhibitors.

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