Monday, November 16, 2009

Can We Change the World?


From The DEN Can Change the World in the DEN Blog Network, I learned about the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge which sounds like an awesome challenge for students. It doesn’t cost anything to enter and would be a real life application of what students are learning.

The purpose of this challenge is to:

  • engage students in identifying and solving local environmental problems
  • utilize their creativity
  • involve their community
  • recommend how others could use this solution in their communities

They challenge students to come up with solutions to environmental problems in their own backyard. They have three different sections: elementary, middle and high school levels but the high school level is “coming soon.” When you click on the level, they give information about resources, the challenge process, the prizes, and the trip. The winners can win $100K plus other prizes. Included are tips for how to get started as well as what the judges are looking for. In the challenge process page, there are teacher resources, student resources and even parent resources. The challenge process is also explained in six detailed steps that tell what is expected.

“The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge teams should consist of a teacher or other adult mentor and two, three or four students. The mentor can enter multiple teams into the Challenge, but each team should have its own unique solution and results, and may choose to work on different local environmental problems.”

You can read about the specific rules here: Official Contest Rules.

The deadline is March 15, 2010.

Please check this out and consider it.

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