DESIGN CHALLENGE


WHAT IS A DESIGN CHALLENGE

The Imaginarium’s Denver Public Schools' Design Challenge is a com- petition to support Denver students and adults to design and imple- ment innovative products and services that create real social impact in support of the Denver 2020 plan.

WHY DO WE NEED A DESIGN CHALLENGE

Denver Public Schools’ performance gains are inadequate to close op- portunity gaps or ensure that all students leave our system prepared to thrive in college, career, and life. We believe improvement will only result when we find and implement radical solutions. The best ideas come from the ground up and we want you!

THIS YEAR’S WINNERS!

On Thursday, May 25 Imaginarium held its pitch night for the 2017 Design Challenge at Colorado Lending Source. Eleven finalists presented their innovative ideas that would make a positive impact on Denver Public Schools’ students. Finalists had the chance to win up to $10,000 in funding and be paired with local developers to assist in turning their ideas into solutions in service of Denver students. 

The Design Challenge looked for disruptive, innovative ideas that could be game changers in education. Categories for judging and evaluation included: degree of innovation, how well it solves a need in the education system, integration within Denver Public Schools, feasibility, promotion of equity and alignment with the Denver 2020 plan.

Six innovators were granted funding and will have their ideas implemented into Denver Public Schools starting in the 2018 school year.

Involve Board: One-stop shop for student opportunities and summer programs in Denver and across the nation

Bridging the Digital Divide on the Cheap: Refurbishing and Recycling DPS technology to Bridge the Digital Divide

Boulay Bank: Teaching financial literacy through the classroom experience

Let Me Prove You Wrong: Shifting the mindset around school success and career opportunities

Cyber Nefarian: STEM education through VR

Brainitz : Turning educational videos into interactive lessons

Design By Command: Using tobii eyex technology to help non-verbal, non-mobile students with arts and creative projects

C-3DO: Technology to bring interactive, hands on, and immersive learning to the early grades

Curls on the Block: A STEM and empowerment app & program for young women of color

Friendship Home School: An educational program for homeless youth

Writing the Road to Freedom: A student-led writing center at Manual high school

Denver's Future of Learning Documentary: A student-directed video about innovations in learning

PREVIOUS YEARS’ WINNERS!

On Thursday, February 25th the Imaginarium held its final pitch night for the 2016 Design Challenge at the Denver Children’s Museum. Eight finalists presented their innovation ideas to impact Denver Public Schools’ students. Finalists had the chance to win up to $10,000 in funding and be paired with local developers to assist in turning their ideas into solutions.

The Design Challenge was looking for disruptive, innovative ideas that are game changers in education. Categories for judging and eval- uation included: degree of innovation, how well it solves a need in the education system, integration within Denver Public Schools, feasibili- ty, promotion of equity and alignment with the Denver 2020 plan.

Six innovators were granted funding and will work with the Imaginarium to have their ideas implemented into Denver Public Schools starting in the 2017 school year.