The Makings of an Extraordinary Kansas City Challenge
On Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Kansas City Art Institute, a swarm of Kansas City middle and high school students, alongside by K-12 teachers, entrepreneurs, industrial designers, architects, and design students, dug deep into preparing final presentations of innovative solutions to a set of truly wicked problems. Prior to the event, students had worked hard for a couple of months to investigate extraordinary local individuals to gain imaginative insights into promoting economic growth alongside creating a sense of community in the Kansas City metro area.
A Huge Success for All Involved!
On Saturday, February 28, 2015 at the Kansas City Art Institute - mentors and jury members engaged a highly motivated and diverse crowd of middle and high school students. They arrived ready to roll up their sleeves to gather rapid-fire feedback, adjusted proposals accordingly, built prototypes, and delivered impressive and meaningful presentations.
Professional Development and Student Challenge
We kicked off the all-day event with a professional development session with Dr. Rex Jung. Rex, a highly respected neuropsychologist, helped us make sense of how students can develop a keen sense of visual-spatial reasoning:
“As students learn how to try things out and visualize problem solving [in the mind’s eye] before
putting it out there in the [real] wet world of the here-and-now where the costs are very high.”