We face global and local challenges every day. There are growing concerns over water and food security, climate change, cybersecurity, and incurable diseases, like cancer and Alzheimer’s. Companies and governments face these challenges and more as they serve ever-growing populations and respond to rapidly changing global dynamics. Locally, our community may need ways to improve safety at a dangerous intersection, a low-cost design to increase greenspace, or a device that helps an elderly resident weed his garden without kneeling.
In order to address these challenges and move forward as a society, we need people who know problem-solving strategies, think critically and creatively, communicate and collaborate with others, and persevere when something does not work the first time. Evidence shows that companies are not finding workers with these skills, students need more opportunities to develop these skills, and teachers need support in empowering students to build these skills.
We bring together an ecosystem of teachers, administrators, parents, and hundreds of college and university educators, business leaders, and philanthropic organizations to engage students in learning and prepare them to seek rewarding careers, solve important challenges, and contribute to global progress.