In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools across the globe have closed their doors and moved towards a remote learning model. For many administrators, teachers, and students this is uncharted territory. Within the first few days of remote learning, schools have faced unexpected challenges from lack of reliable Wi-Fi networks for students to a curriculum that doesn’t translate virtually for teachers. In this mini-hackathon, volunteers will be presented with a current issue in the education system and challenged to work in teams to develop and pitch a solution.
Education challenges your company could work on include:
- How to make remote learning more engaging for students
- How to address unreliable Wi-Fi for students in underserved communities
The organization will divide participants into ~7 teams and extend the presentation portion of the agenda to accommodate the additional teams. The agenda for this experience is as follows:
- Welcome to the Hackathon (10 minutes)
- Meet the Judges (5 minutes)
- Team Work Session--Create Your Solution and Shark Tank Pitch (60 minutes)
- Team Presentations (35 minutes)
- Judges Deliberation and Announcing the Winner (10 minutes)
In the US today, nearly 60% of students are not adequately prepared by schools for the realities of college and the workforce; this is even more prevalent among students from low socioeconomic status (SES) communities. Even those students of low SES who perform in the highest national quartile in high school have a reported lower graduation rate in comparison to their affluent counterparts.
By participating in this activity, you’ll help level the career readiness playing field for students in underserved communities, as this organization serves a diverse population of students, including 39% identifying as African American, 37% Hispanic, 8% Native American, 3% Asian, and 2% Northern African. This is not only a great opportunity for students to explore their career options, but also a chance for you to work alongside students who have the potential of joining your company in the future.
The panel of judges will consist of people who are directly affected by said issue—educators and students! Students will be given a rubric to follow when judging the pitches and will be asked to explain the reasoning for their critiques in a Zoom call facilitated by organization staff.
The winning team will be awarded a swag bag as well as a feature at the organization’s annual gala this fall!