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OUR MODEL

Innovation is not happening at the level of the problem.

We believe that the best solutions are developed by those who directly experience social challenges. Thus, we want to inspire confident problem solvers and critical thinkers to address local and global challenges in their communities. IGNITE students use the human centered design process and learn technical Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) skills to develop an idea from sketch to prototype for a specific social challenge.

 
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OUR GLOBAL IMPACT

We have successfully implemented Ignite in countries around the world and are ready to scale for wider impact. Our goal  Currently, 100 Ignite instructors have been trained and successfully implemented the program. These peer-instructors are from Duke University, Emory University, University of Michigan, the Universidad de Valle de Guatemala, the American School of Guatemala and the NGO "Asociación Amigos del Lago de Atitlán." Collectively, these trainers have taught more than 2000 students through in-person peer-to-peer learning. Our global community is working towards the UN sustainability goals and is formally  recognized as a good practice.  For more information about our global impact visit our SDG Action Page (linked).

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Students learn about human-centered design and basic electrical engineering concepts to create a light source that fits the needs of their community.

Students learn how to measure and visualize water contamination, then they design and build a device that purifies water.

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Students learn about pathogens and the spread and prevention of communicable diseases. Then, they build a health kit for a person or community of their choice.

to learn how to design, teach, and share your own curriculum. 

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