Design & Pitch Challenges in STEM asks students to examine significant problems in real-world circumstances and consider how they can create solutions. Students will meet inventors and entrepreneurs who share their insights into the process of creation, from concept to prototype, pitch, production, and distribution. They will encounter a selection of Challenges that can be approached from many angles, using different areas of knowledge, techniques, and technology. It is critical that students learn to recognize when to reach out and teach themselves something new about STEM, their clients, or the situation. Finally, it is their task to come up with an innovative solution to a Challenge and create a short, engaging pitch to convince a panel of investors that it’s worth funding. The world needs their big ideas!
Examples of Key Vocabulary/Concepts:
Entrepreneurship, business models, innovation, design thinking, prototype, pitch, technical brief, STEM Champion, math, technology, social justice