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Elm Street principal and local entrepreneur will participate in Greenbuild conference in Boston

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Elm Street Elementary School Principal JoAnn Moss and Tricia Steele, president of Makervillage, will be presenters this week at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Boston.

Moss and Steele will discuss a unique partnership between Makervillage, Elm Street and Mohawk Industries Light Lab Design Center. Science technology engineering and math students at Elm Street Elementary School designed lighting pendants for the Light Lab using a 3D printer. Makervillage helped facilitate the connection between Mohawk and Elm Street.

Moss saw the partnership as a way to broaden students’ awareness of the connection between community and industry.

“Any project is an opportunity for them to see that there are exciting things out there. There are so many more careers out there that they need to be aware of,” Moss said in the press release.

“When Mohawk said yes to our proposal, I realized it was an incredibly innovative company,” said Steele in a press release from Mohawk. “There were no best practices established for navigating this kind of a relationship, and that risk-taking ability, I think, is what allowed this project to flourish and really cultivate such awesome results.”

The panel which Moss and Steele will sit on also includes representatives from the Savannah College of Art and Design and the Mohawk Group.

“I really love projects like this one where we get to work with the community, with kids and youth that are learning about design and have the opportunity to really explore and expand their horizons,” said Jackie Dettmar, vice president of design and product development at Mohawk in the news release.

The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo will bring together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work.

The conference in Boston runs from November 8-10.