STEMconnector’s Day of Design directly connects corporations to students, engaging them in collaborative problem solving and other fundamental STEM skills development through
community-oriented missions tailored to the sponsor’s business
About Day of Design
Day of Design provides students with employability skills and a strong STEM foundation through three core pillars.
- Project-based Learning
- Community Orientation
Each Day of Design Mission centers around these pillars to create a learning experience where students can gain feedback from real STEM professions (mentorship), learn through hands on activities (project-based learning), and solve a real world problem and that is relatable to their lives (community orientation).
Day of Design Missions
Day of Design Missions provide learning opportunities for students and engagement opportunities for corporate partners
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- Day of Design Expo for students to showcase projects and receive coaching from volunteer mentors
- Finals & Awards Event for finalist teams to present their work to a panel of judges and be celebrated
Online submission platform for student teams
Online and in-person judging opportunities for volunteers
Benefits for Corporate Partners
Day of Design’s core components work together to differentiate it from other STEM talent solutions
Configured sponsoring company’s business priorities
Grounded in education and youth development best practices
Create an occasion for employee engagement
Case Study: Water Warriors Mission
Local corporations in Houston, Texas work with Klein Independent School District students to build prototypes for flood prevention
Day of Design partnered with JASON Learning, a leading national STEM education nonprofit that brings a real-world learning to the classroom, to launch the Water Warriors Mission in the greater Houston metro area.
This Mission challenged students to create prototypes that could prevent homes from flooding. This Mission hit close to home for the many students who were among the 13 million people in the greater Houston area who were impacted by flooding from Hurricane Harvey in 2017.
After students worked on their prototypes 10 teams competed in the final round hosted at a local corporate headquarters and presented their prototype to a panel of judges including Google, National Weather Service, and PBK Architects.