Ciena and Digital Promise team up with three Atlanta Public Schools to provide learning opportunities to students

Three Atlanta Public Schools were awarded a $45,000 grant to provide digital tools and resources to engage Benjamin E. Mays High School, Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy, and B.E.S.T. Academy students in the Ciena Solutions Challenge. This challenge is designed to help students solve real-world problems identified in the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals that impact them and their individual communities. Students will collaborate with each other to come up with a real-world problem they want to solve and use various tools and processes such as digital fabrication, coding, robotics, and media production that support student creativity, innovation, and invention to solve that problem.

Through this program, Benjamin E. Mays High School, Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy, and B.E.S.T. Academy now join a cohort of model schools participating in the Ciena Solutions Challenge. The goal of students in these schools are a part of this initiative are encouraged to think critically about their lives both inside and outside of school to gain an understanding that they truly can make a change to those things that matter most to them.

“The Ciena Solutions Challenge model school program is a unique investment of professional learning for teachers, mentoring for student teams, and state-of-the-art learning labs that support hands-on, inquiry-based learning,” said Jean-Claude Brizard, President and CEO of Digital Promise. “We are thrilled to launch the first U.S.-based cohort of Ciena Solutions Challenge model schools at Atlanta Public Schools, a cohort selected for its commitment to supporting students to make a positive difference in their communities. We look forward to working with teachers in the cohort and celebrating students’ creativity and innovation as they engage in the Challenge.”

Atlanta Public Schools join the first cohort of Ciena Solutions Challenge model schools from Ottawa Catholic School Board and Ottawa-Carleton District School Board in Ottawa, ON, Canada.

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