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Project: The Flint Water Crisis.
Collaboratively Solve Real-World Problems

 
 
 
 
  • "Northern Rift" online program was an amazing experience for my students... Northern Rift is a fun and engaging way to have students interact and explore Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) while developing 21ST Century skills.
    Erika, Teacher, Ventura County

  • A highlight of NorthernRift's unique platform is that it integrates the 21ST Century Learning Skills and the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards.

    -Prof. Phil Hampton, Director, HSI-STEM grant

    CSU Channel Islands, CA.

  • Northern rift was an amazing web site. It helped to inspire us to share our ideas to help change the community and the earth.
    -Student, Ventura County

  • ...he is now in a place that he's never been before. He taking risks and he's communicating with people outside of his comfort zone... and is engaged in a way that amazes me.
    -Nathan, Special Ed Teacher

Northern Rift enables students of all ages to build essential career skills, make connections and have an impact by collaboratively solving real-world challenges, in a real-world innovation process. Ideas into action.

THIS PROJECT

The topic: The Flint Water Crisis.

A community of 100,000 people in Flint MI, USA have been poisoned via their water supply.

Policy, bureaucracy, financial decision making, poor testing protocols, engineering & operational decisions, mis-information as well as Flint's industrial history all played a part to create this crisis.

The physical factors include changed water supply, a polluted river, the water treatment plant, city water pipes, lead, copper, bacteria and other toxic chemicals combining to cause a range of long term health issues from lead poisoning (with associated effects) to the apparent significant increase in Legionnaires disease.

The economic implications are also severe with the collapse of real-estate prices in an already struggling community, engineering costs and medical care.

It is a complex issue and more information will be provided in the participant information pack.

The Experts: We've partnered with the digital HUMAN LIBRARY to connect teachers and students with topic experts around the world.

The Challenge: The Flint community faces a range of challenges. One unseen challenge is stress on the people and particularly the youth. Flint’s young people deal with an extraordinary amount of stress, and it makes it hard for them to be engaged in learning, or to have a growth mindset about anything. Reducing stress and instilling hope for the future is a big challenge.

Other challenges you may wish to look at range from treating the health issues, to daily logistics of getting drinking water, through to engineering a city wide solution, ongoing testing & prevention, policy, accountability, financial management, recovery of the local economy, honest communication and rebuilding community trust.

Possible Enablers: Med tech, engineering, water treatment, logistics solutions, testing protocols, IoT, robotics, sensor tech, transparency, media & storytelling, communication techniques, “community building” apps, stress management, volunteering and policy.

Image sources 1, 3: Nick Gregory Photography (Michigan)

Start: On demand.
Ends: On demand.

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HOW IT WORKS

The guided process makes it easy to get involved.

  1. REGISTER
  2. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CHALLENGE
  3. BRAINSTORM SOLUTIONS
  4. COLLABORATE & CO-CREATE
  5. TEST, EVALUATE & ITERATE

The best ideas rise to the top and you develop skills, connections and portfolios with an innovation rating that counts.

OUR NAME

Our dream is to make a difference in the world by unlocking the hidden value in every individual and with it, human potential.

Rift: Where continents move apart, new crust is formed... hidden value is revealed and new life appears. To create the new, we must let go of the old.

Northern: A north star. A guide, a destination and the action of moving forward.

Northern Rift: A place for creative disruption.

ESSENTIAL SKILLS

In todays world of rapid change, knowledge alone is no longer enough.

Northern Rift's ideas into action process, builds the Essential Skills for 21ST Century Careers:

  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Collaboration & Co-creation
  • Communication & Storytelling
  • Continuous learning
FOR THE CLASSROOM

Dear Educator, Bring Northern Rift's Real-world Project Based Learning Experience into any classroom. Simple. Fast. Easy.

From Grades 6-12, students learn about the most current topics, collaborate beyond the classroom and have the freedom to imagine, explore and create a future they are passionate about.

  • College and Career Readiness
  • Explore NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards)
  • Connect the STEM and ARTS
  • Integrate Common Core State Standards
  • Guided process and easy for teachers

Get your free trial now. Available at no cost to the teacher, the school or the students. Register now.

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FOR AFTER SCHOOL

Our “After School Program” is all online for students who are not able to experience Northern Rift in their classroom.

  • Join a global student community
  • Work on the ideas you love
  • Build Essential Skills for the 21st Century
  • Get College & Career ready
  • Online mentors to guide you

Join now to experience the fun of ideas, while making an impact.

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FOR UNI STUDENTS & WORKERS

Get the skills every company needs.

Collaborate with peers to gain innovation experience and build the essential skills for 21st Century Jobs.

Our process accelerates ideas-to-impact, and also gives unique insight to topics, technologies and new ways of thinking.

Join the community - make a difference and build your innovation skills and Portfolio now.

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OTHER CHALLENGES

Every month we offer challenges across a range of categories:

  • Environment & sustainability
  • Emerging industries & technologies
  • Civic engagement
  • Social justice

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