PAST Curricula

2017-18: Feeding Our Cities

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The 2017-18 curriculum, Feeding Our Cities, focuses on the global food system and its impact on cities around the world. Students learn about nutrition and food access and their influence on public health. After discovering the complex systems needed to grow and distribute food to the world, students will create community action projects to address global food issues in their cities.

2016-17: Digital Cities Connect!

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The 2016-17 curriculum, Digital Cities Connect!, focuses on life in the digital age—how digital technology transforms government, business, and the way individual citizens live and work. After learning about the links between technology and sustainability, students will apply what they’ve learned to create local action projects.

2015-16: Building Better Cities

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The 2015-16 curriculum, Building Better Cities, focused on how cities can become more sustainable in the face of challenges such as climate change and population growth. Students observed local buildings to study their impact on the environment. They explored different types of transportation in their own cities and drew comparisons with transportation systems around the world. Students investigated the characteristics of environmentally conscious and adaptable cities and implemented community action projects.

2014-15: Water-Wise Cities


The Water-Wise Cities curriculum focused on vital urban interests in water, its role in city culture, and key global concerns about environmental sustainability. Students examined how water shapes city landscapes; discovered how their role as city residents impacts water use, waste, and pollution; and developed action plans to address these issues in their communities.

2013-14: My Meal Matters


The 2013-14 curriculum, My Meal Matters, focused on food and nutrition, encouraging students to examine why what we eat is important to individual and community health, identity, and global issues like food security. The curriculum also encouraged students to discover that the food we eat and how we eat it differs across the world, and to think critically about factors that affect food choices.