KQED Science has a challenge for students ages 11-18. Design a solution to a problem that is in the world around you, and share it on social media using #EngineerThat. (Students under the age of 13 must share through a parent’s social media account.) If you have questions about the contest, there is a live webinar being held this Thursday, January 7th, at 4 PM PST. The deadline for contest submissions is January 24th 2016.
This sounds like a fun activity to help promote creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. For more information, visit their website. Even if you don’t think your students will be competing, it is a great challenge to share with them to see what they might create. There is also a short introductory video.
On a side note, I was exploring the KQED Science site, and found the “Do Now” section to be a great resource for science-related current events that offer opportunities for student voice. If you read my student’s blog post yesterday, you might be interested in the the topic, “What Would You Study About the Ocean? Students Weigh In.” I found all of the titles intriguing, and definitely recommend you take a look at them if you teach middle or high school students.