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Ciena Solutions Challenge

A global design challenge inviting students and teachers to design solutions to real problems and take action to build a better world. Join the Challenge and empower students to reimagine a world that is more peaceful, just, and sustainable.

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The next generation of problem-solvers need more than technical skills and expertise. They need experiences that allow them to see the designed world and its impact on people, collaborate and empathize across differences, and leverage their skills to redesign the world around them to meet the needs of all people in their communities.

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How to Participate

Digital Promise and Ciena are supporting educators and students to design solutions using Challenge Based Learning, a collaborative learning experience in which teachers and students work together to learn about compelling issues, propose solutions to real problems, and take action. Educators and students will navigate through the three phases of Challenge Based Learning—Engage, Investigate, and Act—to take positive action on a Sustainable Development Goal in their community. Challenge teams may also apply for a Ciena Solutions Challenge Sustainability Award to continue implementing their solution in their communities.

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Are you ready to empower students to be changemakers
in the Ciena Solutions Challenge?

Register as an educator to access resources and mentors.

Connect  and engage students in authentic, relevant problems, projects, and experiences.

Submit and share your team’s solution concept to be considered for a Ciena Solutions Challenge Sustainability Award.

Ciena Solutions Challenge is supported by  Digital Promise and Ciena