World Smarts STEM Challenge Virtual Global STEM Expo
Middle and high school students from the Washington D.C. Metro Area and across Ghana collaborated virtually on 10 binational teams to craft sustainable STEM solutions to community challenges using the human-centered design thinking process.
To culminate the Challenge, all 10 teams pitched their STEM solutions live to a panel of special guests and industry leaders.
The panel selected the following five teams who demonstrated excellence in STEM Innovation, STEM Application, Cross-Cultural Collaboration, Best Live Pitch, and an All-Star Award:
Excellence in STEM Innovation
Brookland Middle School
Sunyani Senior High School
Prototype: A Waste Processing System that safely converts human excrement to biogas, manure, and liquid fertilizer.
Excellence in STEM Application
McKinley Middle School
Nkoranza Senior High School
Prototype: Brickz, an application that encourages families to recycle plastic waste into bricks
Excellence in Cross-Cultural Collaboration
MacFarland Middle School
Osudoku Senior High School
Prototype: Carbon Monoxide Neutralizers
Best Live Pitch
Achimota Senior High School
Oyster Adams Bilingual School
Prototype: The Green Lantern, a device helps people gain access to a stable form of renewable energy using the same amount of water in a cyclic motion.
The All-Star Award
Ron Brown College Preparatory High School
Edinaman Senior High School
Prototype: SS Purifier, a device that provides local fishmongers a sustainable way to smoke/preserve fish to main clean air in the environment.
The World Smarts STEM Challenge is funded by the National Science Foundation and is part of the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers applied research program. WSSC is implemented by IREX with partnership from North Carolina State University and Karen Peterman Consulting.