The Door Campaign (TDC) creates green learning experiences to promote STEM education in the city of Pittsburgh. TDC enhances quality of life by opening doors to resources for youth affected by generational poverty in the region.

The Door Campaign invests in the link between education and employment, equipping today’s youth with the skills and resources they need to succeed in the region’s emerging STEM fields.

Since its founding in 2013, The Door Campaign has focused its programs on aquaponics: a growing field which involves raising fish (aquaculture) and plants in a soil-less environment (hydroponics). TDC offers hands-on experiences with small-scale aquaponic agriculture as a platform for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning. They emphasize the relationship between healthy communities and a healthy environment, encouraging youth to examine these ideas in the context of our city.

The Door Campaign understands that partnerships are pivotal to achieving these outcomes. TDC collaborates with middle and high school science teachers to offer a unique Aquaponics/Sustainability curriculum. The Aquaponics/Sustainability program improves students’ cognitive skills and engagement in learning by providing hands-on learning experiences that increase their knowledge of biology, ecology, sustainability, healthy eating, and computer skills.

The Door Campain’s 2017-2018 partners include Perry High School, Brashear High School, Schiller STEAM Academy, Manchester Academic Charter School, Propel Schools (Braddock Hills), Environmental Charter School, and Manchester Youth Development Center.

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