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Western: CFA students place second in Cisco Challenge


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  • Peter Boyle/Western School of Science and Technology

Photo Courtesy Western School Of Science And Technology

Western School of Science and Technology, a Challenge Foundation Academy, is proud to announce that a student-led social venture team finished 2nd in the Cisco Digitization Social Innovation Challenge.

An initiative of Arizona State University, Cisco Systems, Inc., and Silicon Valley Foundation, the Cisco Challenge has committed to awarding $100,000 over the next several years to provide seed funding to student- and youth-led social ventures that aim to provide positive impact through a new business.

Western: CFA students place second in Cisco Challenge bright-up-the-knightInside

Photo courtesy Western School of Science and Technology

“Western: CFA is proud to deliver social entrepreneurship instruction to our high school students through our partnerships with SEED SPOT Next and West-MEC,” said Peter Boyle, Founding School Director and teacher of the social entrepreneurship course.  “Social ventures led by Western: CFA high school students are going to change our communities for the better.”

Bright Up The Knight, a venture comprised of three Western: CFA high school sophomores, aims to eliminate dark streets, a key cause of crime in low-income communities, through a solar-powered light made of recycled plastic bottles, water, and chlorine.

When the solar-powered current is run through the water and chlorine mixture, it creates a light brighter than a 50-watt lightbulb.

Bright Up The Knight placed second in the Cisco Challenge, and was awarded $2,500 in seed funding.

“We are so proud of our student team, and look forward to Bright Up The Knight lights appearing very shortly in our west side Phoenix communities,”  Boyle continued.

Western: CFA is proud to serve approximately 400 students in grades 7, 8, 9, and 10. Western: CFA is a part of the New Schools For Phoenix initiative, which aims to double the number of seats available in high-quality schools for students in Phoenix’s urban core, as well as a member of TeamCFA, a national network of high-performing charter schools in high-needs communities.  Western: CFA welcomed its first classes in August of 2014.