It’s nice when big problems can have really useful solutions. In Cañon City, Colorado, students are getting the experience they need for future jobs while promoting the practice of reducing, reusing/repurposing, and recycling. Aligning with the high school’s mascot, they call it Tiger Recycling. It’s a class where teacher and coach Ken Cline meets regularly with students to disassemble and recycle electronics. Sure, the school has all the traditional offerings for academic endeavors, but they’ve turned this shop class into a business. Like any other classroom, the kids are learning, but unlike some classrooms, they’re super into it; the students learn about tools, technology, shop safety and teamwork, and they also get a regular dose of business.

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