On April 20, 2020 the National Geographic Society recognized these two teams as regional qualifiers for their solutions in this year’s GeoChallenge. The 2019-2020 GeoChallenge theme was “Tackling Plastic!” The GeoChallenge “is a project-based, multi-level competition that empowers students in grades four through eight to develop creative solutions to today’s urgent environment problems.” Learn more by clicking here!

The entire Clariden middle school participated in the GeoChallenge as one of their STEAM projects, culminating in their Presentations of Learning (POL). The teams began work on the project in November 2019 and submitted their materials in January 2020. The virtual student recognition event took place on April 20, 2020, as the final in-person competition was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The two Clariden teams recognized were:

  • Team 4 Ever Clean Oceans: Jayda B., Lizzie S., Praew V., Benji W.
  • Team Pollution Dilution: Ella F., Alyssia H., Johan L., Owen R., Grant S.

All teams were tasked with developing a solution to plastic pollution and produced both a map and video that displayed the solution.

  • Team 4 Ever Clean Oceans made a social media call-to-action that awarded points for participation and access to a student-made online game as one of the rewards.
  • Team Pollution Dilution proposed to solve the problem by making a competition out of encouraging cleanup of local plastic waste.

We are proud of our students for embracing the learning opportunities Clariden provides. We are proud of our exceptional teachers that teach, guide and mentor our students. It’s another great day to be a Clariden Cougar. Congratulations to all of our students for being the outstanding, exceptional individuals that they are. A huge shout out to each of these students for demonstrating what exceptional looks like. Way to show great Cougar PRIDE!