2022 Jacobs Teen Innovation Challenge - Winners & Finalists - 3rd Annual Now with Virtual Exchange Option - The Global Goals for Sustainable Development - Pactful - University of San Diego

Starting in Fall 2021 and culminating in Spring 2022, The Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education at the University of San Diego launched the Jacobs Teen Innovation Challenge #JTIC22, our third annual event. This worldwide event supported educators and teenagers in developing social good solutions aligned to the UN Global Goals. The competition began with:

  • 120+ educators
  • 3100+ students
  • 15 countries
  • 30 US states
Logo: The Jacobs Institute for Innovation in Education in the School of Leadership and Educational Sciences at the University of San Diego

Gold trophy with Winners engraved on the plaque

1st Place: JUST A STRAW

Team: JUST A STRAW

A portable straw that can be hung around your neck or clipped onto your bag for easy on-the-go travel. It can be placed in any body of water and will travel through our filter system to make it drinkable clean water! If you do not want to drink the water at that moment, you can store it with our retractable 16 oz cup!

Created by a team of two 10th grade boys and one 12th grade girl from Palmer Trinity School in Miami, FL and supported by educator Susy Chu.

Global Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

Water Aid

The team and the educator have chosen to donate their $1000 first place prize to Water Aid.


2nd Place: Safety Spray

Team: Gender Equality 2.0

They developed a pepper spray, emergency response device that helps women feel safer in scary situation

Created by a team of three 9th grade girls from Kearny BST in San Diego, CA and supported by educator Jennifer Ogo.

Global Goal 5: Gender Equality
Equality Now logo

The team and the educator have chosen to donate their $750 second place prize to Equality Now.


3rd Place: The Bagasse Boiler

Team: Bagasse Bros

The solution created by this team addresses climate change and attitudes about climate In the process of refining sugarcane, bagasse will always be an abundant by-product that doesn’t have many uses. In an effort to create a new biofuel, we have created a system to burn bagasse, which in turn creates energy in the form of steam/heat, and another byproduct called fly-ash. The fly-ash can then be used in the strengthening of structures like brick and concrete. It’s an efficient system that creates two sources out of one process.

Created by a team of two 12th grade boys from Schools of the Sacred Heart in Lafayette, LA and supported by educator Roxanne Guillory.

Global Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Forest Stewardship Council Logo

The team and the educator have chosen to donate their $500 third place prize to Forest Stewardship Council.


4th Place: ReachOut

Team: ReachOut

ReachOut is a mobile app available on Google Play and the Apple store that provides teens with opportunities to serve, lead, and grow by connecting youth led organizations with teens looking to expand their technical experiences.

Created by an 11th grade Asian girl from Toys2Care in San Diego, CA and supported by educator Arsira Taweesub.

Global Goal 4: Quality Education
Room to Read Logo

The team and the educator have chosen to donate their $250 fourth place prize to Room to Read.


5th Place: Fineapple Masks

Team: Mana

A biodegradable mask made from pineapples.

Created by a team of 12th and 11th grade Japanese girls from Sacred Heart Middle and High School, Tokyo in Minato-Ku, Tokyo, Japan and supported by educator Michael Doyle.

Global Goal 14: Life Below Water
Ocean Conservancy Logo

The team and the educator have chosen to donate their $250 fifth place prize to Ocean Conservancy.


Photonics Innovation Award: DANTE

Team: D.A.N.T.E’s Project

A trashcan that can self-identify and sort trashes (e.g. recyclables from non-recyclables)

Created by a team of 10th graders (two Filipino girls, one Caucasian/Filipino girl, and one Hispanic boy) from e3 Civic High in San Diego, CA and supported by educator Wootark Kim.

Global Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production

Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production Logo

The team and the educator have chosen to donate their $500 photonics innovation award to Collaborating Centre on Sustainable Consumption and Production. This award is sponsored by DRS Daylight Solutions.

DRS Daylight Solutions

Photonics Innovation Award: emPower

Team: Kearny EID 2022

The solution created by this team allows families to sanitize the water that they collect from An affordable, sustainable, and dynamic power generation system that can grant people access to electricity. It has a modular and scalable design, it’s compact and easy to ship, it’s inexpensive, reliable, and environmentally friendly.

Created by a team of 9th grade boys from Kearny EID in San Diego, CA and supported by educator Daina Weber.

Global Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

GivePower Logo

The team and the educator have chosen to donate their $500 photonics innovation award to GivePower. This award is sponsored by DRS Daylight Solutions.

DRS Daylight Solutions

Silver trophy with Finalists engraved on the plaque

Finalists

The following student teams and their teachers will receive finalist certificates in recognition of their solutions. Finalists are listed alphabetically.

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development

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Prizes

The intrinsic reward of developing an innovator’s mindset and making a difference in the world is a great incentive, but winning teams and their solutions will be celebrated in the media and social media. In addition, winning teams will receive certificates celebrating their success, plus a donation* to a charity in the team’s honor!

*Charitable donation prizes are officially provided to the adult educator on behalf of the student team.