The Butler Tech students worked with peers from the Science Academy of KAIST in Busan, Korea, in a virtual classroom environment developed by IVECA. They had 10 weeks to collaboratively develop solutions using STEAM skills to address issues that align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs). Their solutions were presented to a panel of government leaders, non-governmental organizations, educators, and corporate leaders at the UN on February 5.
The Butler Tech team addressed the “No Poverty” and “Zero Hunger” SDGs with a proposal to extend the useful life of food and create employment opportunities. Their five-year business plan calls for creating partnerships with grocers and restaurants to preserve fresh foods approaching their sell-by dates so they could be stored or delivered to those in need. Other food wastes would be repurposed as fuel or compost material. Using a non-profit model, their business would also create jobs and provide educational training focused on breaking cycles of poverty.