Team Animal Crossing Guards shared their proposal for "Bio-Bridges" to give animals safe ways to cross highways while generating clean energy.
Team Animal Crossing Guards shared their proposal for “Bio-Bridges” to give animals safe ways to cross highways while generating clean energy.

Plymouth Whitemarsh High School students (PWHS) recently presented creative solutions to world problems as part of a new competitive activity known as Open Minds. Seven teams looked at the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals that include issues like poverty, hunger, peace, education and the environment. Each group then researched a related real-world problem, developed an action plan for how the problem could be addressed and presented their findings in front of friends, family and a panel of judges in the high school cafeteria. The PWHS Open Minds Competition is patterned after a three-year old program at LaSalle University that was designed to give college students the opportunity to experience what’s known as the “innovation life cycle.” In addition to developing the Open Minds competition for the high school level, LaSalle University students also served as mentors for the teams.