Run Your Own Challenge
Our flexible, project-based curriculum teaches students how to solve challenges facing their communities—and communities around the world—by applying principles of scientific research and design thinking. Aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, this do-it-yourself kit offers engaging ways for students to build STEM knowledge, as well as 21st-century skills like critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.
The curriculum is available in two forms: a Classroom Model designed to be implemented over 8–10 weeks, with in-class lessons (approximately 1–2 hours per week) and assignments for students to complete outside of class, and a Workshop Model, packaged as an intensive 1-2 day session (similar to a “hack-a-thon”).
Download the Innovation Curriculum to Get Started
For additional information about the Innovation Curriculum, and tips on how to apply it in your classroom, view the training video below. We are also hosting an online Professional Learning Community (PLC) to support educators who are seeking advice and feedback on how to use these resources. To join, sign up here.
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Encourage Your Students to Share their Accomplishments
Students who share their Challenge solutions on social media are likely to receive recognition and positive reinforcement from their social networks, family and peers. Encourage your students to “go public” with their solutions and what they’ve learned. To connect with other Challenge participants around the world, they can use the hashtag statements “I Am An #Innovator of Tomorrow” or “We Are #Innovators of Tomorrow”. We’ve provided some banners (below) that you can download for students to use if they’d like to post photos of themselves or their Challenge Teams. Or, even better, they can create their own banners!