Join BUILD’s Design Challenge – a fun, online experience that gives teachers and students the hands-on skills you’ll need to think and act like an entrepreneur. BUILD’s Design Challenge is culturally responsive, project based digital content that inspires entrepreneurial innovation with Black and Latinx youth.
Through this experience, we invite the greater education community to participate in using entrepreneurship to unlock the potential of youth across the nation through experiential, social and emotional learning.
The Design Challenge empowers our young people to create youth-driven solutions while focusing on safety, wellness, and economic freedom.
In our fledgling, post-pandemic world, businesses, schools, and public spaces are opening to full capacity. Racial, economic, and equity challenges that existed pre-COVID are at an all-time high.
As we rebuild, how can we ensure our communities transition from surviving to thriving?
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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 youth 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:
Design Thinking is a philosophy that empowers an individual or team to design products, services, systems, and experiences that address the core needs of those who experience a problem.
Some of the world’s leading brands, such as Apple, Google, Samsung and GE, have rapidly adopted the Design Thinking approach, and Design Thinking is being taught at leading universities around the world, including d.school, Stanford, Harvard and MIT. Human-Centered Design is a framework for solving problems that makes individual lived experiences the centerpiece of the process.
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.
Educators, please register for training above. Principals, Administrators or other leaders in schools and youth organizations, if you’d like to discuss a training specific to your district or organization, please email Lydia at [email protected] All educators must participate in a training in order to get students started!
BUILD’s Design Challenge is 100% FREE. For best results, we require educators to complete the training prior to delivering the program. Registration is above.
The Challenge is created for grades 8-12. The curriculum and guidebook is designed for educators to use in their virtual classrooms! We also invite parents, nonprofits, after-school programs and community leaders to join with their youth! We invite students from all districts, all states. Educators are required to facilitate and need to attend a training session before you can access the full material.
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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.
Our curriculum is free and accessible to students and educators across the country thanks to the generosity of our challenge partners.
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