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Bring the Design Challenge to Your Students in Grades 6-12!

Made by teachers for teachers.

Empowering Educators With Human-Centered Design

How The Challenge Works


90 minutes 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 or hybrid 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

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 90 minutes or be used as a launch pad for additional lessons and curricula that can span an entire semester.

The optional 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 not mandatory but recommended so you understand the flow, best practices and how to ensure students feel safe, excited and ready to dive into the challenge.

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1. iPhone, iPad, Zoom and Loom are all choices of recording tools for their video presentation 
2. Record with both students and their presentation in view
3. Record horizontally for the best view of the students and their presentation
4. Follow Presentation Diagram to the Right


- Make eye contact with the camera
- Notecards may be used as cue cards
•Pro Tip: Notecards should avoid having a full script
- Even when you are not speaking, don’t forget the camera is still recording!
•Be aware of your body language while you and your business partners are speaking
- Everyone has an opportunity to speak
- Professional dress is encouraged
- Practice makes perfect
•Practice how you will transition from each speaker
•Project your voice when you speak​

Follow positioning format Above

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