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 creates partnerships between schools and businesses to bring authentic assignments into the classroom.
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.
- New program in 2016
- Beaver Area
- Penn Hills
- Pittsburgh Perry
- South Allegheny
Program Point of Contact
Aaron Altemus and Sarah Brooks