In the Water Warriors Design Thinking Challenge, middle and high school students imagine and prototype flood barriers that can protect their community from flooding. Teams can tackle this challenge using a wide range of materials and technology, from everyday materials available in the classroom to 3D-printed components. The focus is on the ideas and approaches, not the products or materials used.
Through this challenge, students will:
- Acquire deep understanding of the challenge posed by flooding
- Build and apply foundational and advanced STEM knowledge and skills, cutting across many disciplines, from earth science to physics to computer science and engineering
- Build important career skills, such as problem-solving and design thinking, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and communication, and develop a supportive network of peers, educators, and career mentors/advocates
- Grow in confidence, think creatively and engage deeply with their community and possible careers
- Translate their new-found strengths into innovation, local impacts, and jobs
The Water Warriors Design Thinking Challenge also offers an opportunity for elementary grade students to identify people in the community who help others in natural disasters and come up with ways they could help people in their community recover from these events.