Thaddeus Stevens students skype with Riyadh

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STUDENTS SKYPE WITH RIYADH -- Based on the Jean Francois Rischard book, "High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them," the National Association for Independent Schools has created Challenge 20/20 in which schools around the globe join together to examine a world issue and create local solutions. Thaddeus Stevens School is joined with The American International School in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and The Far Hills Country Day School in New Jersey to work together over the semester to identify an issue related to global warming and to design local solutions. "We at TSS are very excited about the topic, as well as the technology education opportunities such as creating the blog, using Skype for communicating among the schools, and filming and editing videos," says Global Studies teacher, Kelli Kazmarski. Eighth-grader Patrick Favreau, says "What I like about it is that we can talk with other students much farther away from us and hear their ideas." Participating above are: beginning in front at left, to back and circling around, Orin Masure, Patrick Favreau (with his arm on the globe), Liz Hebert, Eliza Burroughs, Ben Bangs, Calvin Wagner, Patrick Stowell, Max Heck, Lauren Rauert and Toamin Barter.

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