2019 Walmart’s National Day of Design
Healthy Helpers: Personalizing the Shopping Experience for a Healthier You

2019 Walmart’s National Day of Design Mission, Healthy Helpers: Personalizing the Shopping Experience for a Healthier You, encourages students to employ critical thinking skills, teamwork, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) principles, and an entrepreneurial mindset to create a solution to a real-world, relevant challenge.

2019 Walmart’s National Day of Design coincides with National STEM/STEAM Day on November 8, and while teachers can choose to lead the Mission whenever it most aligns with their lesson plans, we ask that you share photos, quotes, stories and videos on social media throughout the day on November 8 using #WalmartHealthyHelpers and #DayofDesign2019 and tagging @Walmart and @STEMconnector to connect to the larger national movement and increase engagement.


In the Healthy Helpers Design Mission, students will design an automated technology solution providing individuals and families with suggestions of healthy food, medicine and/or other products tailored to their nutritional health needs and preferences.

Students will take an interdisciplinary approach, tapping into physical and biological sciences, English, technology, and engineering fundamentals to design a prototype that will personalize the shopping experience and promote healthy living. Teams can tackle this challenge using a wide range of materials, from everyday resources available in the classroom to design software to 3D printed components.

The Day of Design project-based learning opportunity reminds students that each of us has a role to play in solving complex global challenges at the local level – and that STEM thinking applies both in and outside the classroom.

Click here for a printable one-pager on the 2019 Walmart’s National Day of Design Mission. Please feel free to share with your colleagues and build momentum around this STEM project-based learning opportunity!


National Day of Design Mission activities are NGSS standards-aligned and age-appropriate.

Each Student Edition is ready for use by student teams as they navigate the project.  The accompanying Teachers’ Guide includes detailed instructions on how to implement the activity in the classroom, along with optional follow-on activities to extend the learning experience.

Participation is open to any student in grades Kindergarten through 12th, and any adult supporting STEM learning for that student. The Teachers’ Guide is accessible to parents, after-school program providers, mentors, etc., and can be implemented in a classroom or another setting. While the Teachers’ Guide offers suggestions for how to relate the Day of Design Mission to what is already being taught in the classroom, it can be a completely stand-alone activity.

Please click here to download the Mission


CoSpaces Edu is a K-12 intuitive educational technology enabling students and teachers to easily build their own 3D creations, animate them with code and explore them in Virtual or Augmented Reality. Students can go in at all levels and create virtual reality, animation and characters.

NearPod allows K-12 teachers to create interactive lessons in minutes across a variety of subjects.  Save prep time by easily importing existing lessons (pdfs, jpegs, ppts) and adding interactive features such as Virtual Field Trips, 3D Objects, Quizzes, Polls, Open Ended Questions + more!

Merge Cube enables active learning by enabling students to learn and create in entirely new ways while giving teachers simple AR/VR tools that increase student engagement, intellectual curiosity and classroom achievement.

Scratch  allows students to code their own interactive stories, animations, and games. In the process, they learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively  — essential skills for everyone in today’s society. Educators are integrating Scratch across many different subject areas and age groups. 

Real World Examples:

General background

Visual search technology

Virtual and augmented reality

Robot assistants

Other technology tools

If you have any questions, please email dayofdesign@stemconnector.com