Archer Students Accept XPRIZE Challenge

By Christina Elston

school news - Archer XPRIZE

Students from The Archer School for Girls learn they will have the chance to participate in an XPRIZE challenge around food sustainability. PHOTO COURTESY ARCHER SCHOOL FOR GIRLS

Local students tackling complex world problems? Yes, please!

The Archer School for Girls in Brentwood let us know that they’ve recently launched a challenge with the prestigious XPRIZE Foundation, inviting Archer’s middle school students to design innovative solutions to food sustainability problems.

Students in grades 6-8 who accept the challenge will use Archer’s exploratory X-Block period to investigate issues surrounding growing food, getting it to the table and managing food waste.

The teams will be judged on use of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) skills, creativity and feasibility. The winning team will be treated to a hands-on lesson about the lifecycle of food from Mary Sue Milliken, co-chef/owner of the Border Grill restaurants. They will learn about everything from buying the food at a nearby farmer’s market to preparing the locally-sourced meal at the restaurant. In addition, all the top teams will get a VIP tour of the California Science Center.

Participants will be able to consult with and hear from food sustainability experts after presenting their solutions in this month. On April 26, Archer and XPRIZE will host a celebration to recognize the Archer XPRIZE Challenge finalists and screen their selection videos.

Good luck to the Archer students who accept this important challenge.

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