1. Ignite's Unifying theme: HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN
Human-centered design (HCD) is a critical component of each Ignite course, program, and student. This model is designed to improve critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills, in addition to the engineering skills needed to bring an idea from sketch to prototype. During the “empathize” and “define” phases, students engage directly with their peers to understand local community needs regarding a challenge directly related to the SDGs. In the “ideate” and “prototype” phases, students work in teams to brainstorm solutions and use feedback to iterate on their designs. In the “deliver” phase, students present their prototypes to the school and special guests, like a science fair.
Each Ignite program, regardless of topic, uses human-centered design to empathize with a community's need and move potential ideas into solutions.
2. IGNITE PROTOTYPE COURSES
The Light Curriculum centers around clean energy (UN Sustainable Development Goal #7). Students learn and apply STEM concepts related to electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, and physics to create a light source.
The Water Curriculum centers around monitoring and addressing water contamination (UN Sustainable Development Goal #6). Students learn and apply STEM concepts related to civil engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, biology, and physics to create either a microscope or a water filter.
The Health Curriculum centers around communicable and non-communicable diseases (UN Sustainable Development Goal #3). Students learn and apply STEM concepts related to biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, biology, and physics to build devices to monitor a person or population's health.
3. TEACHING TIPS
This module is only required if you want to become an Ignite Trainer. It goes through basic concepts of Educational Psychology to make sure that you're ready to step into a classroom when you teach Ignite in your community. Ignite encourages all former participants to share their experiences and knowledge by teaching Ignite to a new community.