Three teams from the High Tech High School in Chula Vista have been named finalist in the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge. The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education announced the national winners and finalists of the sixth annual Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, the nation’s premier national environmental sustainability challenge that provides K-12 students with the tools and inspiration to improve their schools, communities and world.
As part of the 2014 Challenge, elementary, middle and high school students across the country identified environmental issues in their schools and communities and created replicable solutions using digital curriculum designed by Discovery Education. An esteemed panel of environmental advocates, STEM professionals, science teachers and professors selected this year’s winners based on each project’s viable solution to a real world environmental challenge. Projects were also evaluated on their ability to engage the support of the local community and ability to be replicated globally.
Team Aqua Savers’s project Aqua Bag used recycled plastic to create a low cost and environmentally-friendly alternative to natural gas water heating, the Aqua Bag. The Aqua Bag was tailored specifically to meet the needs of families living in the Rinconados community of Tijuana, MX.
Team Water Babe’s project Refiltering Reclaimed Water was aimed increase public safety when using reclaimed water. The team strived to make reclaimed water an easy and practical option via the means of adding a simple carbon, sediment, or distillation filter to sprinkler systems.
Team The Last Waterbenders’ project High Tech High Water Conservation aimed to conserve water and prevent detergent pollution in the bathrooms in High Tech High Chula Vista. The team implemented hand sanitizer dispensers as a prophylactic alternative.
These three teams will be awarded a finalist certificate and a Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge green prize pack. High Tech High Chula Vista will also receive a congratulatory Siemens We Can Change the World Challengebanner.