CMS Participates in NAIS 20/20 Challenge

June 17, 2013

This spring, the Cambridge Montessori School Middle School students paired up with the Emerald Mountain School in Steamboat Springs, CO and the American Institute of Monterey in Santa Catarina, Mexico to tackle a combined project through the NAIS Challenge 20/20. All three schools were given the task to combine efforts and talents to help find solutions to one of 20 global problems described in the book, High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them.

 NAIS’ description of the program is as follows: “Challenge 20/20 is an Internet-based program that pairs classes at any grade level (K-12) from schools in the U.S. with their counterpart classes in schools in other countries; together the teams find local solutions of one of 20 Global Problems.”

 The semester-long project required these three schools to collaborate through video-conferencing tools and find a way to alleviate and prevent global infectious disease – their chosen focus for the project. CMS students looked forward to the online collaborations with their new partners and friends in Mexico and Colorado, and worked to develop a project that would inform each respective community about the dangers of worldwide infectious disease and small ways students could affect change.

 Infrared Room teacher, Rowan, noted that the students greatly enjoyed meeting kids from their partner schools and looked forward to their Skype conversations and meetings. She also mentioned that this was just one more way in which the middle school curriculum which focused on the Civil War and infectious diseases this term, connected to their 20/20 challenge. In recognition of their work, NAIS presented CMS with a certificate of completion and appreciation.

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