Digital Promise and Ciena have announced the Ciena Solutions Challenge, a new global design challenge in which educators from across the world may submit student-led solutions for funding and exhibition.
The Ciena Solutions Challenge challenges middle and high school students around the world (aged 11 to 19) to create solutions that address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in their areas. Educators and students participating in the Challenge will have access to professional development and mentoring from Digital Promise and Ciena. Educators can apply for a $2,500 USD Sustainability Award starting September 15 to help them sustain and scale student projects. The funding will be given to the educator’s educational institution if he or she is chosen.
“The next generation of problem-solvers need opportunities to design solutions that tackle real world challenges in their local communities. The Ciena Solutions Challenge aims to engage and inspire students to reimagine a better world while gaining critical hands-on experience with digital skills and advanced technologies.” said Gary Smith, president and CEO of Ciena.
Further said, “This collaborative partnership with Digital Promise is a key part of our Digital Inclusion program and we look forward to seeing the creativity and innovation that students bring to this initiative.”
“The Ciena Solutions Challenge offers learners opportunities to connect to their learning in ways that are authentic and personal, to learn through inquiry, collaborate with their community and take positive action to make a difference in their local communities,” said Jean-Claude Brizard, president and CEO of Digital Promise.
Also said, “The Ciena Solutions Challenge exemplifies what Powerful Learning experiences can look like, and offers educators and students support and recognition for making a positive impact in their communities.”
Join the educator roundtable on September 15 at 12 p.m. ET to learn more about the Ciena Solutions Challenge. Educators from the United States and Canada will discuss how the Challenge helped them develop strong relationships with their students, engage them in virtual learning, and help them find a genuine reason to learn.