From 2009-2013, the Center for the Study of Global Change partnered with six New Tech high schools in Indiana, Texas, and Michigan. The New Tech Global Issues All-School Project was designed to provide an intense learning experience for New Tech students that involves international knowledge, skills, and attitude. The project included an annual, week-long, school-wide, multidisciplinary course of study.
Student teams researched a global issue and developed a product (public service announcement; computer application; educational You Tube video; formal proposal to local legislators) that addresses the issue and aims to help resolve it. At the end of the week, students presented their completed research and products to teachers and administrators, fellow students, and a group of judges made up of community members who have related experience.
The students tackled one issue every year. The four issues they examined were:
- Global Food Security
- Healthy Child-Healthy Planet: Our Next Generation's Leaders Address Global Health
- Social Media Driving Global Change
- My Town, Your Town, Shanty Town: Architectures without Architects.
The participating schools were:
- Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship, Bloomington, IN
- Eagle Tech Academy, Columbia City, IN
- Math, Engineering, Technology and Science Academy (METSA), Carrollton, TX
- New Tech Academy @ Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN
- Pinckney New Tech High School, Pinckney, MI
- Ypsilanti New Tech High School, Ypsilanti, MI.