Duke Ignite is an engineering design experience for Durham/RTP-area middle and high school students that challenges students to work toward building solutions to problems in their communities.
Design thinking to promote community-minded problem solvers.
Ignite is a human-centered design education program established to promote creativity and problem-solving in future innovators. Middle and high school students are challenged to develop innovative solutions to problems that affect their local community, guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
College students are paired with middle and high school students to serve as trainers and mentors throughout the engineering design process.
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 of all ages and genders 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.
Ignite Beyond North Carolina: OUR GLOBAL IMPACT
Before the creation of our Learner and Maker Programs in North Carolina, we successfully implemented our human-centered design curriculum, Ignite, in countries around the world. Over 150 Ignite Trainers 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" have been trained and successfully implemented the Ignite with over 2,500 middle and high school students.
Our global community of educators works toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals, unifying our work across all Ignite sites. Ignite is formally recognized as a part of the UN Partnership Platform. For more information about our global impact visit our SDG Action Page as well as our Ignite Beyond North Carolina.
Ignite relies on place-based education to localize the UN Sustainable Development Goals to empower students to create innovative engineering-design solutions for their own community's needs.