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SOLVE and the Collaborative Design program of the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) have teamed up to create a design challenge related to cleaning tsunami and other debris from Oregon beaches.
The Clean Beaches Design Challenge is a competition for college student teams interested in tackling a complex problem with scientific, political and social dimensions. During the course of this competition students will learn valuable employment and life skills while meeting and networking with students from other schools from around the world.
The competition is designed to promote the practical, integrative and exciting aspects of science, technology, engineering, art, policy, education, organization, politics, psychology and community when applied to the real world environmental problems facing our society. Research, creativity, innovation, collaboration and systems thinking are integral ingredients and key to the successful design for complex problem interventions. Through this competition the teams learn about the science of recycling and repurposing debris and will better understand the work of professionals in that field.