Nothing brings out kids’ creativity and critical thinking like taking on a real-world challenge. Even students who aren’t the most enthusiastic book learners shine when they’re offered a problem and given free rein to solve it. That’s why Student Powered Solutions is so effective. It facilitates partnerships between schools and businesses to create authentic learning opportunities in classrooms, or due to COVID-19 this year, in virtual settings.
Students take on the role of business consultants, doing research, gathering data, engineering solutions and even designing, building and testing prototypes. In the classroom, students lead the learning. The teacher serves as a facilitator.
At the conclusion, the students make formal presentations to their corporate client, just like a real consulting team would.
These project-based learning experiences not only give kids a chance to apply their learning in subjects like science and math, even art, they also simulate the workplace environment and provide opportunities to practice the “soft skills” needed to be successful as part of a team. Participating companies benefit also. They get the fresh perspectives students can bring as well as a chance to help develop the region’s workforce of tomorrow.
Participating Districts and schools
Allegheny Valley School District
Baldwin Whitehall School District
Beaver Area School District
Blackhawk School District
Butler Area School District
Carlynton School District
City Charter High School (Pittsburgh Public Schools)
Cornell School District
Deer Lakes School District
Greensburg Salem School District
Imani Christian Academy
Laurel Highlands School District
Woodland Hills School District