Announcing the Ciena Solutions Challenge Sustainability Awards - Digital Promise

Announcing the Ciena Solutions Challenge Sustainability Awards

Participants at Ngora Girls Secondary School, Soroti City, Teso Region, Uganda.

March 15, 2022 | By and

Since launching in 2021, more than 200 teachers from schools and youth organizations across 48 countries have engaged with the Ciena Solutions Challenge, a global design challenge launched by Digital Promise and Ciena that invites middle and high school students globally to design solutions that address the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals within their communities.

Today, we are proud to celebrate projects of the first 17 global Ciena Solutions Challenge Sustainability Award recipients and three inaugural Ciena Solutions Challenge Model Schools in Ottawa, Canada. From a student-designed water irrigation system in Matenge Village, Botswana, to an app by students in Pennsylvania targeting food waste through smarter shopping and eating, these projects represent the creativity and innovation of young people from around the world.

Nine small images in a grid, from top left: stickers, people on farm, Overcome Global Warming graphic, students in circle, student holding SDGs poster, students recycling plastic bottles, STEM Farm logo, students holding smart phones, Trans Rights are Human Rights stickers

Using Challenge Based Learning, teams explored big ideas, asked thoughtful questions, investigated issues in their communities, and acted to create solutions. Explore the questions they asked, and the projects they created, below and on the new Project Gallery on the Ciena Solutions Challenge website.

Ciena Solutions Challenge Sustainability Awards

Botswana

Project Name: Be the Dream Farm Irrigation System
Site: Dream Factory Foundation and Matenge Primary School, Matenge Village, North East District, Botswana
Essential Question: How can we make what we learn practical, fun, and relevant to our daily lives?

Brazil

Project Name: Building a Learning Community with Technology
Site: Centro de Mídias da Educação de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Essential Question: How can we engage students more actively in remote classes to ensure quality education?

Project Name: Seeds for the Future
Site: EE Simpliciano Campolim de Almeida and EMEF Dr Humberto de Morais Vasconcelos, Nova Campina, São Paulo, Brazil
Essential Question: How can students spark simple but impactful ideas on sustainability to reach our community?

Colombia

Project Name: Retrieving the Tales of the Emberá Chamí Community of Armenia
Site: Secretaría de Educación Municipal de Armenia, Quindío, Colombia
Essential Question: How can the young people of the Emberá Chamí retrieve the tales of their ancestors?

India

Project Name: Yugma
Site: City Pride School, Pune, India
Essential Question: How do we integrate children with special needs into the mainstream?

Project Name: English Enhancement with Sustainable Development – Garbage Management
Site: Zilla Parishad High School, Buldhana, India
Essential Question: How can recycling and waste management activities support academic enhancement?

Project Name: Reviving Culture and Promoting Disaster Resilience
Site: Vikas Bharati Public School, Delhi, India
Essential Question: How do we revive culture and promote disaster resilience with the help of technology?

Nigeria

Project Name: STEM Farm
Site: Caleb International High School, Lagos, Nigeria
Essential Question: How can youth influence their community for climate adaptation?
Tanzania

Project Name: IQ Interschool Challenge TV Program to Public Secondary School in Mwanza
Site: TELTA Mwanza, Mwanza, Tanzania
Essential Question: How can we support public secondary schools using English as a medium of instruction?

Uganda

Project Name: Plant a Tree, Plant the Future and Don’t Be Drastic, Say NO to Plastic
Site: Gayaza High School, Kampala, Uganda
Essential Question: How can we improve conservation efforts and reduce plastic in our community?

Project Name: Ngora Greening Campaign, Youth Drug Abuse Prevention Campaign, and Together Against Teenage Pregnancy
Site: Ngora Girls Secondary School, Soroti City, Teso Region, Uganda
Essential Question: How can we promote the health and well-being of school-going girls in our district?

USA

Project Name: We can be INnovative!
Site: Desert Horizon Elementary School, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Essential Question: How can sixth grade students help maintain social-emotional well-being and perform well academically?

Project Name: Quack & Save and Composting Clubhouse
Site: West Middle School, Nampa, Idaho, USA
Essential Question: How can we minimize waste through composting and help sustain native animals that live in our communities?

Project Name: Smart Pick
Site: South Fayette High School, McDonald, Pennsylvania, USA
Essential Question: How might we leverage technology to promote healthy eating habits and minimize food waste?

Project Name: Overcome CO2
Site: Mt Pleasant High School, San Jose, California, USA
Essential Question: How is everyone impacted by global warming?

Project Name: Educate About Hunger
Site: Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, Bronx, New York, USA
Essential Question: How can we solve hunger and food insecurity in our community?

Zimbabwe

Project Name: Health Food, Better Education
Site: Eveline High School, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Essential Question: What can be done to improve food and nutrition security?

Ciena Solutions Challenge Model Schools Program (Ottawa, Canada)

Ridgemont High School
St Patrick’s High School
Notre Dame High School
  • Project Name: Clean The Oceans
    Essential Question: How does human activity affect our wildlife below water?
  • Project Name: Ocean Clean
    Essential Question: How can we affect the materials that are disposed of in the oceans?
  • Project Name: Quality Water
    Essential Question: Why is waste in the water a problem?
  • Project Name: Invasive Species
    Essential Question: How do invasive species affect the local marine environment?

Learn more on the Ciena Solutions Challenge Website

Learn more about the projects above on the Project Gallery on the Ciena Solutions Challenge website and register for more info and resources to get involved.

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