A group of international students have been working via a virtual classroom platform to discuss ideas for advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Facilitated by Samsung Electronics America, the Global Classroom STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) Challenge brought together students and teachers from five nations at the UN HQ in New York this month.
After two and half months of sharing their project ideas through the virtual classroom, created by non-profit IVECA, the teams pitched their ideas to government and corporate leaders in New York.
The range of innovations presented included one by a team of students drawn from Ross High School’s Butler Tech in Hamilton, and the Ohio & Science Academy of KAIST in Busan, Korea, to develop a ‘website and an NGO to collect and distribute food’.
“We wanted to give these students from around the world the opportunity to interact with their peers on issues that transcend their local communities,” explained Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics America. “The goal was to really challenge these students with the how – how can they be innovative in their thinking and use STEAM skills to overcome sustainable development challenges in their communities.”