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Middle School Students Competing in the Cadena Initiative

Update (December 22, 2017):

Three Middle School teams passed to the second stage of the CADENA Initiative MIAMI Competition. The winning teams will present their findings and compete against other schools in South Florida at a later date. The winners are:

 

From 7A: Netanel Bixon, Spencer Lehmann and Owen Ebner.  Project name: "Viva la bracelet".  A bracelet with emergency blinking lights and sound that will allow people to activate it so rescuers can find trapped people after a disaster. 

From 8C: Akiva Itzkowitz and Jonathan Acevedo.  Project name: "Land Pole". A two pole system embedded into the cliff of a mountain that will detach and sound an alarm system to warn people a landslide might be happening.
 
From 8CGavriel Bramy,  Shiraz Bachar,  Jonathan Pinhasov and Chana Lieberman Project name: "Purifying water bracelet". A wearable bracelet that will have on the inside water purifying chlorine pills to be use to purify one liter of water per pill.
 

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UPDATE (Monday, December 11):

Our 8th and 7th grade students presented their final project ideas to three Cadena Initiative representatives on Monday, December 11. The three best projects will pass to the second stage and compete with other school from the Miami area. They will be announcing the three student winners next week. The winner of the county competition is flown to Mexico City for the national competition. The winning idea from that competition is implemented by Cadena.

Our Middle School Science students are participating in a project sponsored by the Cadena Foundation that is based on the pillar of Tikkun Olam. This competition encourages Middle School students to come up with ideas that deal with the question: How to prevent the consequences of a natural disaster? Their ideas must assist the most vulnerable communities and teach them how to be prepared and react during before, and after a natural disaster. Given the vulnerability of many areas of the country, Cadena develops projects that help prevent or reduce the damages that can be caused by natural phenomena. Projects focus on improving the preventive and resilience capacity of communities so that the impact in the disaster is less.  

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As part of their unit of study on natural disasters, the 7th and 8th grade science classes will be participating in a competition known as the Cadena Initiative this year. On Tuesday representatives from the Cadena Foundation came to visit the science classes. They introduced the students to the Cadena Foundation, the services they provide, and what the Cadena Initiative is all about.

The Cadena Foundation is a humanitarian non-profit organization committed to providing aid, hand in hand, to people affected by natural disasters around the world. The foundation develops long-lasting, cost-efficient solutions that enhance the quality of living for vulnerable communities around the world.

The Cadena Foundation is an ambassador to the United Nations, serving as an official spokesperson in resilience strategies, and an active participant in the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit. Cadena is the only Jewish Latin American member of the START Network, the largest humanitarian group of leading NGO’s.

Apart from the humanitarian aid missions, Cadena works with many Jewish schools to make a significant contribution to the formation and education of the community. Cadena has created programs like Cadena Young, Cadena Initiative, and Cadena Youth to engage children in their mission, showing them that, no matter their age, they can make a difference just by caring.

The Cadena Initiative is a contest of ideas that our Middle School students will participate in. They will propose an idea to prevent or respond in a better way to a natural disaster. The project promotes skills such as research, analysis, and problem-solving. Our students will present their projects to Cadena representatives at our school and the top three will be selected to compete in the county competition. The winner of the county competition is flown to Mexico City for the national competition. The winning idea from that competition is implemented by Cadena.

The Middle School students are very excited and motivated to be a part of this initiative. Please continue to check happenings or stop by the Science Lab to see how their projects are coming along.

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