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Project: Saving the Amazon - a local issue.
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Northern Rift enables students of all ages to build essential career skills, make connections and have an impact by collaboratively solving real-world challenges. Ideas into action.

THIS PROJECT

The topic: Saving the Amazon - a local issue.

The Amazon basin, often called the lungs of the earth, is approximately 6.7 million square kilometers and provides 20-40% of the world's oxygen.

17% of the Amazon has been lost in the past 50 years.

Our knowledge of the Amazon is constantly expanding with new species being discovered every year. 10% of the world's known species live in the Amazon (e.g. 40,000 species of plants, 2.5 million species of insects, 2,200 species of fish and estimated that 1 in 5 of all bird species lives in the Amazon).

The growth demands of local and global markets are having a negative impact via deforestation for animal agriculture, soy, palm oil and lumber, as well as mining, overfishing, and hydro-power (dams).

The obvious implications are extinction of species, loss of biodiversity, loss of cultures and reduction in global oxygen supply.

The less obvious impact is loss of rain production in the Amazon (where 20% of the world's fresh water is produced). This leads to drought, fires and accelerated loss of the ecosystem and its rain cycles - with global weather implications.

Our local decisons are connected to global markets and we can make an impact.

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

The Challenge: Open to all types of ideas & innovations to help save the Amazon. From ways to inform our daily choices (impact on the Amazon) and provide alternatives as consumers (food, products and services) through to technologies and systems to help manage the forest itself, as well as policy ideas.

Possible Enablers: Economic policy, IoT, sensors, satellites, software, mobile technologies, VR, AR, education & media, transparency, policy and behavior change.

Image Credits: Greenpeace, Huffington Post, Amazon Aid Foundation.

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 Essential Skills for 21ST Century Careers:

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

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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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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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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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