Sparking innovation. Two reasonably easy words to write and say, but notably difficult to make happen. Last week we hosted a virtual experience with students all about how they became ChangeMakers. The students highlighted are doing amazing things at an incredibly young age. This tells me, that given the opportunity and support to pursue their passions, students around the globe can become ChangeMakers too.
Finding that right opportunity can sometimes be difficult. Where, as a teacher or student, do I start? Who will help me? How will I share what I create? I believe we can help. If you missed the live broadcast, I encourage you to view the archive now. More importantly, share these stories with your students. It’s one thing to hear about sparking change from a teacher, it puts it on a different level when it’s discussed by a peer.
Each of these students had support from a variety of mentors, but below you’ll find where they started with their projects. Each program provides resources to help and encourage your students. Be sure to take a moment and check out the resources below.
The ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative is a groundbreaking partnership between ANN INC., parent company of Ann Taylor and LOFT, and Vital Voices. We are working together to empower young women from across the U.S. with the leadership skills they need to affect global progress, invest in their communities and begin their journeys as the next generation of leaders. Learn More and Apply Now Through March 8 at annpower.org.
The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology fosters intensive research that improves students’ understanding of the value of scientific study and informs their consideration of future careers in these disciplines. Learn More Here.
One More Generation (OMG) was founded in 2009 by 8 year old Carter Ries and 7 year old Olivia Ries. Carter and his Sister Olivia are both extremely passionate about animals and conservation. Following the adoption of Cheetahs in South Africa, Carter and Olivia began to question why humans would need to adopt wild animals like the cheetah. Carter and Olivia soon learned of the pressing issues surrounding endangered species, and knew they had to act. Learn More Here.
Toyota TeenDrive365 helps teachers, students and parents learn more about safe driving practices. Challenge your students to create a safe driving Public Service Announcement like Elijah did. Learn More and Register Here.
The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the nation’s premier science competition for grades 5-8. This one-of-a-kind video competition has sparked the imaginations of hundreds of thousands of students and enhanced science exploration, innovation and communication across the United States. Learn More and Enter Today.