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Global Challenge article featured in Learning & Leading with Technology

Release Date: 11-06-2007

Author: Dawn Marie Densmore
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David Gibson and Susan Hull Grasso's article entitled, "Save the World on Your Way to College," is featured in the November 2007 issue of Learning & Leading (L&L) with Technology. L&L is one of the most widely read magazines by technology educators with a distribution list of 20,000.

The article highlights the work of the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS) Global Challenge, which pairs students ages 14 to 17 with international counterparts to collaborate and address global climate change issues as they compete for prizes and scholarship awards.

Recently funded by the ITEST program of the National Science Foundation, the Global Challenge leverages existing online resources and networks, as well as working collaboratively with other programs such as UVM CEMS' Design TASC and the Engineering Summer Institute. On the horizon for the Global Challenge are exciting partnerships with Microsoft, the Boston Science Museum, and the Lawrence Hall of Science at the University of California, Berkeley.

"The Global Challenge offers a unique approach to science and technology learning, and it is exciting to witness its widespread appeal to a broad demographic group of teenagers," says Susan Hull Grasso, an engineer and member of the Global Challenge team.

"Students are making a real difference in our world through the Global Challenge," adds David Gibson, CEMS research assistant professor and executive director of the Global Challenge. "Global team-based learning is key to today's marketplace of ideas and commerce."

Students ages 14 to 17 can register online for the 2008 Global Challenge at: