Student Keynote Speakers

This year at the 2017 MAEOE Youth Summit, our theme is: “Green Schools: Creating Opportunities Beyond the Bricks,” so we are focusing on the amazing ways kids learn in the outdoors and outside of the traditional classroom. We are looking to highlight two-five student projects in this year’s keynote speech. If you teach in a K-12 Maryland Green School or are applying in 2016-2017 and have students who did a green school-related project this year, you are eligible to apply for your students to present. Presentation length: 5 minutes maximum.

We are requesting that you fill out a questionnaire. Presenters must be students, NOT teachers or mentors (although teachers and mentors may help complete the application as much as is appropriate for the age of your students). Students and mentors MUST be present on May 18th, 2017 at Sandy Point State Park for the Youth Summit.

Presentations can describe projects that cover Water Conservation, Energy Conservation, Solid Waste Management, Habitat Restoration, Structures for Environmental Learning, Responsible Transportation, Healthy School Environment, Community Outreach, Stewardship, and more. Presentations should be dynamic, creative and fun for an audience of mostly students preK-12.

Please note that there will be no visual presentations during the keynote (e.g. Power Point or Prezi Presentations). Microphone will be available. Anticipated crowd is 500-1000 people seated in a covered outdoor space. Students will present from a platform or stage. Younger students may be accompanied onstage by the mentor or another adult. Presentation length: Up to 5 minutes.

Your students’ presentation should motivate other students to go back to their own schools and think about their role in their school and the community.

In addition to general contact information, these are the questions to which your students are asked to respond:

  1. Please describe the green school project(s) that your student(s) would speak about. (Please limit to 200 words)
  2. Understanding that the details may change over time, please give us the general format and plan for the presentation.
  3. How will the student(s) present this information? How will the student(s) make it interactive
  4. What will other students gain from hearing about this project?

How to submit your application:

  1. Complete the written questionnaire.
  2. Applications are due April 28th by 5 p.m.