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Meet the 2022 Awardees

Since launching in 2021, more than 200 teachers from schools and youth organizations across 48 countries have engaged with the Ciena Solutions Challenge. 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.

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. 

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: Healthy Eating, 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
Project Name: Accepting Gender Identities
Essential Question: How can we help make different gender identities and expressions more widely accepted? 

Project Name: Black Lives Matter (BLM) Podcast
Essential Question: How is our community unsafe for people of color? 

Project Name: Confronting Indigenous Poverty
Essential Question: Why is the indigenous community still living in poverty? 

Project Name: Digital Interactive Map
Essential Question: How can we make refugees feel more comfortable at a new school? 

Project Name: Land Acknowledgement Website
Essential Question: Why is Indigenous land recognition so important? 

Project Name: Opportunity Awareness Website
Essential Question: How can we help people of color get more opportunities in the community?

St. Patrick's High School
Project Name: St. Patrick's High (SPH) Mental Health
Essential Question: How can we help students prioritize mental health at 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?