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BUILD's CHALLENGE

BUILD's DESIGN CHALLENGE

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

What’s The Design Challenge? Click here to watch the video!

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

What’s The Design Challenge? Watch the video!

Begin Your Journey Now!

Begin Your Journey Now!

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4.5/5 stars from our Educators
4.5/5 stars from our Educators

Highly Engaging Project-Based Learning for Students in Grades 7 - 12

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 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 60-minutes.

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 60-minute training.  This training will help you understand the flow, best practices, and how to ensure students feel safe, excited, and ready to dive into the challenge.

Information about DonorsChoose

BUILD offered an opportunity to earn a DonorsChoose Gift Card for attending training in October 2022 and sign up to deliver the Challenge and complete it by December 21, 2022. We had incredible demand and have exceeded the allotment. Please sign up for training and deliver the Challenge anyway as it's great professional development (PD) and culturally relevant with engaging content. If you have any questions about the program please email parternships@build.org.

VIDEO PREPARATION GUIDELINES

HOW TO RECORD

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

PRESENTATION TIPS.

- 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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