Students (especially from middle grades up) can self-form global teams and create innovative, real solutions to global problems using technology as a platform to communicate, create and share. Designs can include 3D fabrication of real objects, which can then be tested and played with in remote locations, then improved and re-designed and shared again. Incentives for winning solutions can include technology (e.g. iPads, Mobile phones), money invested for future college (this is the best!), and as important, letters of recommendation and help and support to use the contest as a springboard to further inquiry, problem-solving and international cooperation among students. Global challenges are exciting for kids to tackle - and they have have no fear and lots of good ideas about them, which technology infuses and leverages!
Idea No. 36