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Metro Waste Authority introduces two new education initiatives


Metro Waste Authority has introduced virtual reality field trips and an online simulation, two new education initiatives to support accessible, STEM-based learning. “These new initiatives aim to expand upon our educational offerings to reach even more learners and get them excited about sustainability, the impact of waste and safe, smart disposal at an early age,” Michael McCoy, Metro Waste Authority executive director, said in a prepared release. The VR field trip program allows learners to take immersive field trips to various Metro Waste Authority locations where the agency handles garbage, recycling and hazardous waste from households across the region. Kits are free for teachers in eligible communities to reserve, and each virtual reality experience supports Iowa core curriculum. The EcoVille simulation game allows players to navigate managing a landfill and establishing recycling programs, all while learning about local guidelines. The two initiatives are funded by an Environmental Protection Agency grant.

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