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
The idea directly addresses the problem in the team's POV statement.
The student's idea is innovative and offers a unique premise.
There is a need for this idea in the real world.
The team has a clear example of their idea and explanation of how their product, service, or campaign works by using a prototype (storyboard).
The team offered a clear explanation of how their idea might work through a demonstration, video, or a corresponding method.
The presentation had a clear introduction and closing. It follows the presentation guidelines and tips.
Visuals were displayed to show the team's notes/and or prototype. Images and text formatting is clear, neat, and effort is evident.
All team members participated in the presentation.
Clear voice projection was used.
It takes about 10 hours to complete the BDC curriculum. For the Greater Boston Youth Pitch Competition, it can be completed over a period of 2 to 6 weeks.
Youth from any school or CBO in the Greater Boston region can participate in the Design Challenge! Teams are 2-6 students in size and there is no limit to how many teams can participate from a given school or CBO. There are 3 divisions for this competition - 1st Division (11th & 12th Grade), 2nd Division (9th & 10th Grade), and 3rd Division (7th & 8th Grade).
Any educator or program staff that already works with the students at the school or CBO. This adult must complete a 90-minute training with BUILD staff to access the curriculum.
Each lesson involves students completing activities related to the 5-Step design thinking process: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test. After completing all five steps, student teams submit a 2-3 minute video pitch for their business idea. Each video will be assessed by judges using a scoring rubric. The top teams will be selected to pitch at an in-person event with a live panel of judges for a chance to win cash prizes!
The Greater Boston Youth Pitch Competition kicks off on Monday, January 9th and the final pitch competition event will be held on Thursday, March 23rd.
Register for the info session at this link! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/greater-boston-youth-pitch-competition-info-session-tickets-439919309497
Interested but not sure you can attend the info session? Enter your email at the top of this page!
There is no fee to participate in this competition! Funding is provided by BUILD’s generous philanthropic supporters.
DonorsChoose is a national nonprofit that allows individuals to donate directly to public school classroom projects. The first 30 educators who sign up, get trained, and complete the challenge with students will earn a $500 gift card!
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