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GEMS GLOBAL DESIGN CHALLENGE

Time to change the world. Empowering young innovators to design their future and transform the world!

April 21-22, 2018
Application Deadline: April 14th

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WHAT IS THE GEMS GLOBAL DESIGN CHALLENGE ?

“To inspire inquiring, knowledgeable, reflective, and intercultural learners to become morally responsible leaders with the skills and attributes necessary to create a more connected and prosperous world.”

 

About GEMS Global Design Challenge

The GEMS Global Design Challenge is a 2-day event during which students in grades 5 through 10 will engage in research and development around a solution related to one of the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: No Poverty, Life on Land, Life Below WaterGender Equality, and Clean Water and Sanitation. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were defined by 193 members of United Nations as a path to solve some of the world’s most pressing challenges by year 2030. This event will offer students an opportunity to grow as leaders and create meaningful action.

With the support of Global Goals content mentors from the United Nations Association of Chicago and local experts as project mentors, students will work in teams to research their goals, design a solution to one of the goal targets and pitch their solutions to judges. Solution possibilities can range from designing an action campaign plan, developing an app, designing a product or creating a public-art installation.

DAY 1: Design Thinking Workshop
• Design Instruction
• Problem Definition
• Ideation
• Design Challenge
• Meet your Mentors
DAY 2:
• Mentoring / Prototyping
• Prototyping and Testing
• Pitching
• Judging
• Finalist Pitches
• Prizes Awarded

Frequently Asked Questions

Applications are due by April 14.

Just submit the application with your idea written in less than 250 words.

We are accepting up to 150 applications.

No, students from across the Chicagoland area are welcome to register.

Yes, you are welcome to bring your own device.

GEMS will provide all of the materials you need to bring your idea to life.

The GEMS Global Design Challenge will run 4/21-4/22.

Students grades 5 – 10 can register for the GGDC.

The judges will be announced 4/14.

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HERE’S HOW TO GET STARTED

1
Select a problem related to one of these five UN Global Goals

• No Poverty
• Gender Equality
• Life on Land
• Clean Water and Sanitation
• Life Below Water

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Come up with an innovative idea, event, application or program to solve the problem

3
Apply here by March 31st and register your team of 1-3 members

4
Attend the weekend workshops

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Present your idea

A FEW GOOD REASONS TO PARTICIPATE

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1-Work with mentors from some of the most innovative global companies

2-Network with experts and other young innovators

3-Develop your entrepreneurial skills

4-Learn how to take an idea from concept to realization

5-Have fun and contribute to a better society

 

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED.

 

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MAJOR PRIZES

 

$7500
in resources

$5000
in resources

$2500
in resources

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SCHEDULE*

8:30 AM
Registration/Check-In
Check-in and then proceed to the Gym for welcome speech.
9:00 AM
Welcome
Welcome
9:30 AM
Global Goal Overview
Panel of Global Goal experts will discuss the issues that impact their work towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
10:00 AM
Break
Break
10:10 AM
Meet the Mentors
Separate into Global Goal teams and meet your teacher leader and outcome mentors.
10:40 AM
Design Sprint
Engage in a design sprint to begin ideation around your Global Goal project.
11:30 AM
Ideation Workshop
Break into small groups and begin working on protoypes.
12:00 PM
Lunch Break
Proceed to student cafe for lunch.
12:45PM
Session 1
Move into small groups and continue to work on protoype and presentation.
1:00 PM
Break
Break
1:10 PM
Session 2
Move back into small groups and begin continue to work on protoype and presentation.
2:00 PM
Break
Break
3:45 PM
Wrap Up
Meet in Gym for closing remarks for day 1.
8:30 AM
Check-In
Check in and proceed to Gym.
9:00 AM
Welcome
Introduction and welcome to day 2 in the Gym.
9:30 AM
Session 3
Work in project teams on prototypes and presentations.
10:45 AM
Break
Break
11:00 PM
Session 4
Work in project teams on prototypes and presentations.
12:00 PM
Lunch Break
Proceed to student cafe for lunch.
1:00 PM
Presentations
Present projects in front of judges.
1:45 PM
Workshop
Workshop in the Gym while judges deliberate on Top 10 results.
2:15 PM
Finalist Presentation
Top 10 teams present in the Finals in front of 3 judges.
3:15 PM
Award Presentation
Raffle prizes, closing remarks, and announcement of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place teams in the Gym.
3:45 PM
Wrap Up
Say farewell to new friends and clean any materials in work rooms.
*Schedule times subject to change.

CHOOSE ONE OF THE FIVE UNITED NATIONS GLOBAL GOALS

TO GUIDE YOUR INNOVATION PROJECT

 

 

 

            

WINNERS

 

FIRST PLACE

FIRST PLACE

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FIRST PLACE

FIRST PLACE

Mentor

TeamTobi Morrow, 8th, Gems World Academy Chicago
Izzy Oberman, 8th, Latin School of ChicagoIdeaTobi and Izzy created a filter to be placed in barns to filter the methane from cows out of the air before reaching the outside of the barn, to help with global warming and to use the methane for other purposes.Idea TypeProduct DesignGlobal GoalLife on Land

SECONED PLACE

SECONED PLACE

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SECONED PLACE

SECONED PLACE

Mentor

TeamLizzy Navarro, 6th, Gems World Academy Chicago
Yosef Kapinus, 6th, Gems World Academy ChicagoIdeaLizzy and Yosuf created a small, hand operated washer with a filter that takes dirty water from rivers and filters it into clean water for washing clothes. This product was intended for third world countries to help give them clean water for washing their clothes to reduce disease.Idea TypeProduct DesignGlobal GoalClean Water and Sanitation

THIRD PLACE

THIRD PLACE

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THIRD PLACE

THIRD PLACE

Mentor

TeamRicardo Pliego, 10th, Lane TechIdeaRicardo created a foundation and website to spread awareness of the unfair payment of migrant workers. This foundation raised money to provided resources to these works to ensure fair pay or to help them find work with better pay.Idea TypeAwareness Campaign or EventGlobal GoalNo Poverty

 

GEMS WORLD ACADEMY CHICAGO

About GEMS World Academy Chicago

GEMS World Academy Chicago is part of the GEMS Education Group, a global network of international schools in Europe, Africa, North America, Asia and the Middle East. GEMS Education serves more than 250,000 students from more than 170 countries. We provide students with countless opportunities for interactive studies with peers around the world, giving them the skills they need to become transformative and principled global leaders.

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Get in touch and we'll get back to you as soon as we can. We look forward to hearing from you!

Phone
(312) 809 – 8922
Address
350 E. South Water
Chicago IL 60601

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