The OPEN WORLDS network ties together powerful philosophies with practical tools to give our youth a better chance of entering the work force and thriving in our world. From STEAM and Place-Based Education, to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training and life skills development — our goal is to bring together schools, community organizations, and businesses to create a sustainable model for the future.
We are collaborating with the University of Michigan on its Open-Storm.org platform. Open-Storm is funded by the Great Lakes Protection Fund (GLPF), a multi-state initiative to develop new tools and technologies to benefit the environment and economy of the Great Lakes region.
Open-Storm.org improves storm water management and pollution control. Plans are already being made to expand the capabilities of the network into a more general framework for water management and forecasting, including specific sensors and analytics to enable more effective management of wetlands, water quality, agriculture, and drought stricken regions.
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With OPEN WORLDS, the goal is to provide students an opportunity to participate in Place-Based Education (PBE) during their entire school experience, from elementary to high school and post-K-12. Through OPEN WORLDS, students with different experiences, perspectives, and skills work together to solve complex problems in their own communities and demonstrate the power of diversity.