In a design-a-thon [a design hack-a-thon], children (aged 8 - 12) come together to tackle issues that matter to them. Together, they . . .

  • collaborate to envision and develop creative ideas

  • apply simple technologies and build prototypes 

  • present their solutions to an audience

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CHILDREN ARE
DESIGNERS

How it Works

During a design-a-thon children are guided through a 7-step experiential process, linked thematically to a bigger global challenge such as water scarcity, poverty, deforestation, or citizenship. 

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Outcomes

By taking part in a design-a-thon, many children discover unlimited possibilities, for themselves and for the world. 

 

Through each design-a-thon, children . . .

  • Acquire 21st Century skills: creative thinking, collaboration and global citizenship

  • Develop an agile mindset by working hands-on with new technologies

  • Practice presenting to an audience in a supportive environment

  • Feel a sense of agency to take action on issues that matter to them!

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Local context, global vision and network

Thousands of children around the world are able to participate in design-a-thons because of our dedicated global network of regional partners and community organizations.

Children in communities around the world can participate in a design-a-thon through local organizations we call Design-a-thon Hubs that are trained by us and our carefully selected Network Partners. This mode of delivery ensures children get involved in the issues that matter most to them.

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We collaborate locally, to make change globally.

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All over the world!

 
Expand your regional impact through our global network of Design-a-thon Hubs!
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Learning Objectives

Design-a-thon Works’ evidence-based methodology and lesson materials are delivered by trained teachers and facilitators and map to learning objectives specified by:

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Get involved as a Design-a-thon Coach

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