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Bring the Design Challenge to your students!

Made by teachers for teachers.

Empowering Educators With Human-Centered Design

+ Engage your students by teaching them empathy, prototyping and testing, to solve real life problems

+ Enhance your own professional skills with the two hour Design Thinking training offered by BUILD and receive a LinkedIn certificate

+ Enable your students to achieve future career potential by encouraging entrepreneurial skills

How The Challenge Works


2 hours training + 10 hours of content in Design Thinking that you can do in a week or spread out over the semester


Grab your students’ attention whether in-person, hybrid, or remote through high-quality project-based learning with our free tools and resources. 


Free and downloadable implementation guides to support you and your students in the challenge

Students dive into videos to meet people like them dealing with problems in their communities

Students pick their client and define their biggest problem

Imagine a unique product, service or initiative

Build models of their solution to share with others

Show their proposed solutions to people and get feedback

Through this experience, students will answer this 2021-2022 Challenge Question:

How might we build powerful, thriving communities where everyone enjoys safety, wellness, and economic freedom?

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○ Launch BUILD's Design Challenge With Your Students

Frequently Asked Questions

What is BUILD's Design Challenge?

This Design Challenge empowers students to take action as they work to develop innovative solutions for their communities. Students are guided through the entire Design Thinking process on our new digital platform. The Challenge is delivered by a trained educator. BUILD provides all training and materials for students and schools.

The content was created to empower students nationwide and give them a sense of self-agency. They explore stories of diverse people living in our communities then work collaboratively in teams to propose innovative solutions.

The design thinking journey takes students through the following process:

  • Empathize – Walk in a client’s shoes and document the experience
  • Define – State your client’s needs and problems
  • Ideate – Dream up solutions to your client’s challenges
  • Prototype – Create a model of your solution
  • Test – Try your solution with others
  • Pitch – Present your idea for potential cash prizes and bragging rights

What technology and equipment does my school need to run a BUILD'S Design Challenge?

  • Students will need a computer or mobile device that has internet access
  • This experience will use the following sites/platforms: BUILD.org, Google Docs, Padlet, YouTube, Vimeo, EditMate
  • For distance learning, you can use any video platform you like for the Challenge – Zoom, GoToMeetings, etc.

Who can run a BUILD Design Challenge?

BUILD’s Design Challenge can be delivered in as little as 10 hours or be used as a launch pad for additional lessons and curricula that can span an entire semester.

Educator training commitment is a minimum of 2 hours.

When can I start?

Today, tomorrow or whenever you are ready! The course is online and therefore you can start on a rolling basis. Teachers or facilitators are invited to complete a 2-hour training. This training is required so you understand the flow, best practices and how to ensure students feel safe, excited and ready to dive into the challenge.

Free Curriculum & Videos

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