An unique project that empowers students with the skills they need to solve real world problems in New York City
Today’s youth seek to change the world by exploring the connections between their environment and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math). Using the Design Process, they can solve problems in their community by bringing their ideas to reality. Integration of STEM disciplines offers students an opportunity to experience learning in real-world, multidisciplinary contexts.
Youths, ages 8 and up, attend workshops to identify issues in their community and work with a STEM instructor to solve these problems. After six weeks, teams submit a solution with drawings or prototypes. Team semifinalists are selected and given in-depth mentoring from expert scientists and engineers to further their design. The best projects are then selected as finalists.
Finalists present their projects at an exhibition. QR Codes are displayed at outdoor sites near the project in order to share the problem and solution with the community. Projects will later be submitted to city agencies in the hope that they are considered viable solutions. We believe greater engagement, personalized learning, and peer collaboration give a much-needed boost to student achievement.
By 2025, we will have achieved our goal of demonstrating the power of imagination and a high quality, project-based learning platform to produce a generation of innovators whose ideas transform their local communities. Whether it’s solving the plastic pollution or increasing green building, these successfully designed projects will be showcased and installed throughout the city.