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September 2021

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REIMAGINING MAGNETIC FORCES AS A SUSTAINABLE ECOSYSTEM

NXplorers students in Qatar Science & Technology School for Boys, in Doha, reimagined magnetic forces to develop a solution that reduced the acidity of native soil. Their project increases the arability of the land allowing crops to be grown so Qatar could become more self-sufficient as an economy. The reduction in the country’s reliance upon imports will directly contribute towards a more prosperous economy.
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Trinidad: Carbon Capture Filter

Every year, the NXplorers programme runs awards programmes across the globe, celebrating the work of students and showcasing their impactful projects to their peers, their teachers and mentors as well as the wider community. This year in Trinidad one winner Kaveer Phillips used NXthinking tools they learned to reimagine a carbon capture device to reduce emissions in engines.
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Singapore: Hydrobox water harvesting

Every year, the NXplorers programme runs awards programmes across the globe, celebrating the work of students and showcasing their impactful projects to their peers, their teachers and mentors as well as the wider community. This year in Singapore Team Hydrogen Bond used NXthinking tools like the Connections Circle Feasibility Funnel to identify a low energy method of harvesting clean water for the growth of crops.
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Qatar: Water filtration & emissions

Every year, the NXplorers programme runs awards programmes across the globe, celebrating the work of students and showcasing their impactful projects to their peers, their teachers and mentors as well as the wider community. This year in Qatar Team Elite used the NXthinking tools they learned to reimagine the ways in which water and energy interact to deliver water to the people of Qatar.
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Oman: The sea of banana palms

Every year, the NXplorers programme runs awards programmes across the globe, celebrating the work of students and showcasing their impactful projects to their peers, their teachers and mentors as well as the wider community. This year in Oman, the Awasir Team explored relationship between a banana, their town’s cultural and economic heritage and its surrounding ecosystems.
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Training Reimagined - Indonesia

In Indonesia, the team has just completed their Train-the-Trainer programme ahead of the first cycle of NXplorers programmes in schools later this year. The programme has been designed to give trainers the information they need to help NXplorers participants to develop the skills they need to become agents of positive change and explore real-world problems from new perspectives. But, while the trainers were learning how to inspire NXplorers, they weren’t expecting to find inspiration for themselves.
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Training Reimagined - Hong Kong

The NXplorers team in Hong Kong is taking a brand-new approach to implementing the NXplorers programme. Rather than running Train-the-Trainer sessions for trainers to run workshops with students in secondary and tertiary education, the trainers are learning to deliver workshops to teachers of primary aged students. Building on the core ambitions of NXplorers to rethink what’s possible, reinvent what’s not and redesign the systems that we need to map out a sustainable future, the Hong Kong team has taken a systems thinking approach to positive impact in education.
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CRITICAL THINKING - THE POWER OF PERSPECTIVE

International collaboration has been crucial to some of humanity’s greatest achievements. When we combine different perspectives we close the gaps in the bigger picture and fill the different blind spots that every person has. In an experiment it was discovered that Americans tend to focus on objects, while Japanese people were more likely to register the context in which an object is situated. Each culture has a shared blind spot, but when the two points of view are combined, a fuller picture emerges.
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ISS GROWING PLANTS IN SPACE

From selecting the right type of plants and the right type of lighting, to dreaming up water delivery systems that work in zero gravity, the ISS team are currently growing food in an environment alien to plant life - and our NXplorers teams are doing the same back home on earth. As we explored above, a NXplorers team in Qatar have made inhospitable soil fertile using magnetised water. In Oman, a team of NXplorers are using paper to feed their plants. And in Singapore, NXplorers are taking plant growing out onto the open seas.
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Nxplorers Editorial

Over the last few months eight people went beyond the boundaries of our planet as the space tourism launched itself into reality. Once again, humanity has come together to celebrate space travel, but this time it feels a little closer to home. Through generations of collaboration and innovation, we have once again sparked our shared human desire to exceed the limitations of what we know and what we see around us.
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THE APPLE AND THE MOON

The story goes that Sir Isaac Newton cracked the mystery of gravity when he saw an apple fall from a tree and wondered why it fell perpendicular to the ground rather than up or sideways. While this realisation was important, alone it wasn’t enough. Looking beyond the boundaries of earth, Newton looked up to the moon and realised that for it to hang in the sky, the same forces that pull an apple to the ground, must be the same that keep the moon as a projectile in its gravitational orbit around our planet.
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