Ignite's Spring 2023 Learner Program

Ignite is a free, 8-week hybrid program for Durham-area middle school students. Middle school students will meet, either virtually via Zoom or in person at the Museum of Life and Science (MLS) or Duke, with Duke University undergraduate trainers on Sundays from January to April. Students will prototype solutions toward the UN Sustainable Development Goals of Clean Energy, Clean Water, or Good Health. Click here to read more about the Light, Water, and Health Teams.


This program will begin with our Virtual Launch Event on 1/29/23 where students will learn about these goals; how they impact our community in NC; and how they can use human-centered design for engineering to help solve real-world issues.

The program will end with "Duke Day" a Science Fair-style Conference on Duke University's campus where learners will display their innovations to their families, other students, guests, and a panel of professionals, including Museum and Duke faculty and staff. Students and guests will receive a walking tour of Duke's campus to end the event. Students completing the program will receive a $30 gift card at Duke Day. 

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Week
Date
Location
Theme
Light Team
Water Team
Health Team
1
January 29, 2023
Zoom
Kick Off
11:00-12:00
11:00-12:00
11:00-12:00
2
February 5, 2023
Zoom
Needs Finding
10:00-11:00
11:00-12:00
12:00-1:00
3
February 12, 2023
MLS
Skills Building
10:00-12:00
11:00-1:00
12:00-2:00
4
February 19, 2023
Zoom
Brainstorming
10:00-11:00
11:00-12:00
12:00-1:00
5
February 26, 2023
MLS
Building
10:00-12:00
11:00-1:00
12:00-2:00
6
March 5, 2023
Zoom
Iterate
10:00-11:00
11:00-12:00
12:00-1:00
7
March 26, 2023
MLS
Finalize
10:00-12:00
11:00-1:00
12:00-2:00
8
April 2, 2023
Duke
Present
10:00-3:00
10:00-3:00
10:00-3:00