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Project: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch(s)
Collaboratively Solve Real-World Problems

 
 
 
 
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    CSU Channel Islands, CA.

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  • ...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: Saving the Pacific Ocean from man made waste - The Great Pacific Garbage Patches.

They are distributed, moving and are comprised of a collection of plastics, nets and other debris, down to micro-particles. Estimates put it "as big as Texas", up to twice the continental USA. (0.4% to 8% of the surface of the Pacific Ocean).

The source is estimated to be a mix of debris that is generated on land (including storm drain run off) and at sea (by fishing vessels, platforms and cargo ships)

Image source: Greenpeace (not affiliated with this challenge or Northern Rift)

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

The Challenge: Ways to prevent more garbage and to clean up the existing rubbish accumulating the the Pacific Garbage Patches.

Possible Enablers: Nanotech, IoT, bio-sciences, storm-water reclamation, behavior change, new-inventions, eco-tourism, RFID, other?

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.

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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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 an age of disruption and rapid change, knowledge alone is no longer enough.

Northern Rift's idea-to-impact process builds the Essential Skills for 21ST Century Careers:

  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Creativity & Innovation
  • Collaboration & Co-creation
  • Communication & Storytelling
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)
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  • Integrate Common Core State Standards
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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

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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 ways of thinking.

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