High School South students joined Silver Bay fourth graders at SBE's Innovation Sandbox, where sustainability advocate Hemant Ramachandra led activities and lessons.

Dec. 2, 2019-- On Nov. 26, fourth-grade students at Silver Bay Elementary School were paired with students in Amber Hull’s High School South English Language Arts classes to finally meet in person and learn more about sustainability. The joint lesson was a continued extension of relationships developed with SAP through a girls coding grant and the Office of Naval Research TR:TechReady grant exploring more opportunities to deepen student coding experiences across classroom disciplines.

Sustainability advocate Hemant Ramachandra kicked off the day’s events sharing his newly released documentary, The Last Mile Communities of Marsabit Kenya, connecting his local and global work and outreach to a community in Marsabit, Kenya. He also shared how he connects all of his advocacy to ending poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, gender equality and clean water and sanitation, the first six of the seventeen UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Students then broke into their groups and collaborated on the goal they had selected for their own research and collaboration. Throughout the school year, the teams will meet at a distance via Google Hangout in the classroom and via Google Classroom to continue their work. At the end of the school year, students will present their work and celebrate how they can make the world a better place, one step at a time.

Hemant Ramachandra stands with students from High School South and Silver Bay Elementary.