[CSD Math MS] FW: an opportunity for students

Duncan, Allison ALLISON.DUNCAN at canyonsdistrict.org
Thu Oct 27 14:30:51 MDT 2011

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From: "Suddreth, Diana" <Diana.Suddreth at schools.utah.gov>
Date: Thu, 27 Oct 2011 12:58:11 -0600
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Subject: an opportunity for students

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Responsibility for tomorrow's most daunting environmental problems will fall to the youth of today -- the very people creating some of the most inspired solutions. Helping generate these solutions is the national sustainability challenge for K-12 students, the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. Through the challenge, students team up with classmates under teacher/mentors to solve environmental problems in their school (grades K-5), community (grades 6-8), and world (grades 9-12). Now entering its fourth year, the challenge is a collaborative effort of the Siemens Foundation, Discovery Education, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), and the College Board. Students at all levels use scientific investigation and web-based curriculum tools powered by Discovery Education to create a replicable green solution. Nearly 18,000 elementary, middle, and high school students competed in last year's challenge, offering innovations in areas such as food-waste-to-energy, community-scale battery recycling, phantom-power load reduction, systematic behavior change, erosion control, wildlife habitat restoration, and sustainable agriculture for arid zones.

Teachers and mentors can register for the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, add their student teams, and begin formulating their projects at www.wecanchange.com <http://www.wecanchange.com/> . Student and teacher/mentor prizes, which vary according to grade level and value more than $250,000 total, include scholarships, savings bonds, school grants, adventure trips, and a chance to present their idea at the United Nations. A panel of environmental experts and science educators will judge teams based on their research, analysis, and the ability of the solution to be replicated on a larger scale. High school students are specifically challenged to address: energy, biodiversity, land management, water conservation and cleanup, or air and climate. The deadline for all entries is March 15, 2012.

Diana Suddreth, STEM Coordinator
Secondary Mathematics
Teaching and Learning
Utah State Office of Education
250 E. 500 South
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT 84114-4200
diana.suddreth at schools.utah.gov <mailto:diana.suddreth at schools.utah.gov>

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