The Smithsonian Science Education Center Honors Student Videos from the Sustainable Communities! Guide in Egypt

November 29, 2022

This fall, the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) and partner organizations in Egypt worked collaboratively to build young peoples’ knowledge and skills around global and local sustainability issues through the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals community research guide, Sustainable Communities! How will we help our community thrive? The program, sponsored by General Motors, trained 65 educators, mentors and facilitators, received 13 video submissions from 5 regions across Egypt, and collected student work, examples of student action-taking projects and basic pre-and post-student assessments. The student work was selected by panelists at SSEC to be shared through meetings, workshop sessions, digital storytelling campaigns and other avenues coinciding with the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt.

The official selections for inclusion in SSEC COP27 events:

Egyptian Climate Change Ambassadors Team, Children’s University Cairo (Mentor: Noha Elrafie)


Team Eco-Alex, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Planetarium Science Centre (Mentors: Marwa Gaber and Roaa Hilaly) 

We would also like to give honorable mentions to the following groups who put together amazing projects in a very competitive field:

Eco-Friendly Cities, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Planetarium Science Center


Sustainable Open Space, Children’s University Alexandria University (Mentors: Amira Ahmed Maher Hotaiba, Dr. Heba Magdy Mohamed Hussien Jahin, Dr. Rania Abdelaziz Gaber Raslan)


Breathe Green, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Sustainable Development Studies Program (Mentor: Haneen Mahmoud Elsaid)


GoPlast, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Sustainable Development Studies Program (Mentor: Mostafa Mohamed Nagy)


A big congratulations to all the groups who participated! And we would like to give a special thanks to our panelists for reviewing the student videos: 

  • Carol O’Donnell, Smithsonian Science Education Center 
  • Ayman Elsayed, Grand Egyptian Museum 
  • Dina Touta, Grand Egyptian Museum 
  • Gina Samy El-Feky, Academy for Scientific Research and Technology 
  • Mohamed Elmelegy, Planetarium Science Center 
  • Doaa Taha, General Motors 
  • Hassan Issa, General Motors