The water effect

Cleaning the Detroit River

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Date You Started Your Project Started

August 6, 2019

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Growth (have moved past the very first activities; working towards the next level of expansion)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

We are trying to solve the water crisis in the Detroit River. Because there is a lot of debris and toxins in the water. And we want to enjoy our beach and our hometown. Solving this problem matters not just for tourists but for better water quality given the situation in flint. We also want to make a cleaner Detroit and can at least start with the water.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

We created a river bin(which will go into the river) to collect trash and chemical solutions that will absorb the toxins without the water until they are disposed of properly and trash will be taken to recycling resources.

3. Using STEM as a force of good: Please specify how are you using STEM to solve for an environmental challenge you are passionate about.

WE use Arduino robotics to make our machine alert workers when the basket is full and using it to separate the toxins from the trash. The chemicals to absorb the toxins as I mentioned before. Math we used figure out where will put the river bins in the water and also how having contaminated water has affected the health of the people here in Detroit.

4. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

We started this project based of of three things: one we wanted to be bale to put an end to contamination water crisis like the unfotunate flint water situation. Secondly we wanted to enjoy our beaches, metro beach and the belle isle beach are notorious for being naty beaches filled with trash and who knows what else. We want to bring back our beaches which brings me to our thrid reason, with the case of not being able to use our own beaches money goes to water theme parks, yes they are fun but why spend money somewhere in another state or 50-100 miles from where you live when you can go to your neighborhood beach.

5. Video (Keep it simple, a video made on a hand-held phone is great): Please upload a 1-minute video to YouTube that answers the following “I am stepping up to be a Changemaker because...”

6. Please highlight the key activities you have carried out to bring your project to life.

We have been in contact with the Detroit Waterfront conservatory board in trying to bring this prototype to life

7. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

Other than just the basic clean up the park activity we are going a step further and cleaning what we can of the water. Because you don't go to a beach just to mainly sit on the sand you want to get into the cool water and enjoy and you can't do that if your walking through garbage.

8. Impact: In the last three months, please detail the impact your project has made?

We are making a difference by putting this bin in the water talking with the riverfront board on funding and placement.

9. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

We hope to this in other states with water contamination being a worldwide thing and eventually to other foreign countries where water and especially clean water is very scarce.

10. Please share how you have influenced other young people to get involved in your project and/or care about environmental sustainability.

This will influence other young people by seeing the effort being put into something they love and appreciate they will help keep it clean and hopefully give new ideas too.

11. Please share ideas of how you can partner with other changemakers to make a difference?

We can partner with others to add another element to the project and we can exchange contacts so we can help each other for the positive progress for their area and eventually for the world

12. How would you engage others who have never heard about your project to get their buy-in?

To tell them about belle isle teenagers love to go swimming and they would love it even more if they didn't have to drive so far to enjoy it.

13. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Mentors/advisors

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Email

Evaluation results

4 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

Yes, absolutely! - 0%

Probably - 50%

Maybe - 25%

Probably not - 25%

No - 0%

2. CONNECTION to Environmental Sustainability

5 - Absolutely! It is totally clear that the solution is contributing directly to environmental sustainability and/or addressing climate change - 50%

4 — Yes, it establishes a connection to environment/ climate change but could be stronger - 25%

3 — Somewhat, the entry speaks to this environmental sustainability, but the direct impact is not well established - 25%

2 — Not really, the connection to environment/ climate is very weak - 0%

1 — No. The entry does not have a reference the solution’s impact on environment and/or climate change - 0%

No Answer or No Connection - 0%

3. Is this entry CREATIVE?

5 - Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4 - Yes, I think so - 25%

3 - Maybe - 50%

2 - Probably not. - 25%

1 - No - 0%

No Answer - 0%

4. Does this entry demonstrate a COMMITMENT to changemaking?

5 - Yes, absolutely! - 50%

4 - Yes, I think so - 50%

3 - Maybe - 100%

2 - Probably not - 0%

1 - No - 0%

No Answer - 0%

5. Does this entry value CHANGEMAKING through collaboration with other stakeholders in its approach?

5 - Yes, absolutely! - 0%

4 - Yes, I think so - 50%

3 - Maybe - 25%

2 - Probably not - 25%

1 - No - 0%

No Answer - 0%

6. Is this entry VIABLE financially and operationally?

5 -Yes, absolutely! - 33.3%

4- Yes, I think so - 33.3%

3- Maybe - 33.3%

2- Probably not - 0%

1- No - 0%

No Answer - 0%

7. FEEDBACK: What are the strengths of this project?

CONNECTION: You have a great understanding and personal connection to the problem - 100%

CREATIVITY: You have researched existing solutions, and have developed unique, thoughtful new solutions to aid environmental sustainability/combat climate change - 66.7%

COMMITMENT: You have a thoughtful plan for growing your business, and your founding team has a strong combination of leadership and knowledge-based skills - 66.7%

CHANGEMAKER QUALITY: You value thinking around how to activate other changemakers and empower them to care about your cause. You also have a clearly defined plan on how to collaborate across multiple stakeholders - 33.3%

IMPACT MEASUREMENT: You use specific numbers and evidence to describe what your project has achieved so far (or plan to achieve in the future) and you have a plan for measuring impact - 33.3%

VIABLITY: You have given a great deal of thought to not just the idea itself but how to make it work from a financial perspective in the present and future - 0%

Other option - 0%

8. FEEDBACK: What are some areas for improvement for this project?

CONNECTION: Why you care about the environment/ climate was unclear – It would be great to elaborate on what this solution means to you, personally and how it affects you and/or your community. - 0%

CREATIVITY: Be more specific in your description of the research you have done into the past solutions to this problem and focus on how your solution is unique and innovative - 0%

COMMITMENT: Your plan for growing the organization can benefit from more specifics. How can you round out the various skills of your current leadership team to make the project a long-term success? - 33.3%

CHANGEMAKER QUALITY: Try to provide more insights into how you are activating changemakers and empowering them to innovate through your product or programming. How will they care about environment/climate if they currently do not? Think about how to create value for all stakeholders, not just immediate beneficiaries - 66.7%

IMPACT MEASUREMENT: Provide specific instances of your social impact and how you plan to measure impact – it may be helpful to describe the beneficiaries, products and programming, and provide evidence of (or plan for) how to measure impact - 66.7%

VIABILITY: Make sure you have provided descriptive information about your financial sustainability plan. Where do the funds come from now and do you have a concrete plan for future sustainability? - 100%

Nothing – I thought everything was great! - 0%

Other option - 0%


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At the time, the city's water supply changed from nearby Detroit to the local Flint River to save money. I had to write my papers for and I know that Flint failed to properly treat the water and dangerous levels of lead leached from old pipes, creating a public health crisis that has endangered thousands of children and affected every resident, many of whom had to drink bottled water for extended periods of time.

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