For the second consecutive year, North Broward Preparatory School’s (NBPS) sixth grade team has won the regional competition in the Lexus Eco Challenge. The group’s team named Food Miles Matter includes sixth graders Camila Palladino, Isabel Wiley, Maddie Sage, Ryan Folic, Nate Harmelin, Grant Fawcett and Hayden Simmons. The challenge is designed to encourage middle and high school students and teachers to make a difference in the eco health of our planet and develop and implement environmental programs that positively impact their communities. The Food Miles Matter Team will now move on to compete in the Final Challenge at the national level.

For the challenge, the NBPS Food Miles Matter Team decided to address global warming after studying about hurricanes, an increasing challenge to Florida residents, and how global warming makes them stronger in science class. Their research showed that the exhaust released from cars and trucks contributes to global warming, because exhaust produces greenhouse gases, which are trapped into the atmosphere. To make an impact the team decided to focus on reducing food miles that the NBPS school cafeteria adds to the world; and produce some food in the school’s garden to give to the cafeteria in order to reduce the amount of food that has to be ordered and shipped in.

To make the project a success the students learned all about hydroponics and started their project by planting seeds. They then made a presentation about the tower gardens and learned the parts and how to use them; and shared their success, knowledge and equipment to improve our environment.

The team involved the school community by giving presentations about the school’s tower gardens and how to use them. The students made public service announcements and used social media to share their project with the world. They made signs for the school cafeteria to inform the students about food miles. You can follow the team on their twitter page

Lexus and Scholastic will choose 16 winning teams nationwide. Each team will receive a total of $10,000 in grants and scholarships. All winning teams from this challenge and one other challenge will be invited to participate in the Final Challenge for a chance to win one of two grand prizes of $30,000 in grants and scholarships. Eight first-place prizes of $15,000 in grants and scholarships will also be awarded.

At North Broward Preparatory School, we prepare our students to be adept and agile deep thinkers, to communicate with skill and poise, to forge connections across disciplines and cultures, and to take risks to stretch one’s intellect and talents in new directions. As a member of Nord Anglia Education, North Broward students enjoy unique learning opportunities with world-class organizations like Juilliard and MIT, and participate in enriched educational collaborations like Project Tanzania and Global Campus. Our rigorous academics combined with state-of-the-art facilities, competitive athletics, dynamic fine arts and innovative STEAM programs provide an unmatched educational experience tailored to your child’s interest.

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