Boca Raton Community High School Wins AP® Global Challenge
Boca Raton Community High School Wins AP® Global ChallengeAbby Hexter, Assistant Director, Member Communications, College Board
Boca Raton Community High School in Boca Raton, Fla., has won the first AP Global Challenge, a College Board pilot program that encourages AP students to address globally relevant challenges through research, innovation, collaboration, and creative problem solving. During the program, student teams complete a final project — including a research-based solution proposal paper and multimedia presentation — in which they propose a solution that mitigates or solves the team’s chosen global challenge.
The AP Global Challenge aims to boost student performance through project-based learning; connect students’ knowledge to real-world problems; and encourage global awareness. Students work on the project for three months with a faculty adviser.
Seventeen schools joined the initial pilot program, and 30 final team projects were submitted and scored by a panel of interdisciplinary judges from around the world. Boca Raton Community High School’s grand prize–winning team, Oodles of Utils, examined strategies to inform consumers about the cultural, economic, and environmental impact of consuming certain products.
Team members include:
- Phineas Agar
- Ellis Galyon
- Matthew Kirchman
- Lawrence Richardson
- Isabelle Tersio
- Libby Vilmar
Faculty Adviser: Meredith Miller, AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics teacher
Each student on team Oodles of Utils received a $5,000 scholarship, and the team has been invited to present their solution in front of a live audience at the upcoming 2014 AP Annual Conference in Philadelphia.