Middle School Hackathon 2020
Last week, our middle school students engaged in a 2-day Hackathon provided by local tech university, Harbour Space. This experience challenged our learners to look beyond their current environment, status, and experience to see their role in improving the world for future generations. Through the lens of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, students worked in various roles (ie; designer, technician, business developer, marketer, project manager) to create solutions for the following questions:
- How to end poverty?
- How to end hunger?
- How to reduce waste?
- How to bring education to remote areas?
- How to ensure human equality?
- How to preserve life underwater?
Students passed through several stages of design to understand how research and ideation move to marketing and brand building, which finalize in creating and promoting a product (invention, innovation or campaign).
Opportunities for our students to employ their collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity are crucial to personal and collective growth. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders were grouped together which provided another unique collaboration that pushed our learners to go beyond their comfort level and to engage differently than usual.
According to the survey given to MS students today, many students felt that they increased their leadership and collaboration skills. In addition, some students expressed that they learned something new and that their solutions were actually feasible.
As we know from the old adage, “what you put into it is what you get out of it” and we had remarkable students working hard to solve major issues facing our world in a collaborative setting. Way to go, BFIS!