Students pitched product ideas, addressed United Nations Global Goals
As part of a study of the United Nation’s Twelve Global Goals for Sustainable Development, the 11 students in Rocky Hill School’s third grade class met with Susan Fonseca, the school’s first Innovator-in-Residence, to discuss gender equality during her residency on campus two weeks ago. After learning about Fonseca’s work of Women@theFrontier project, the third grade students decided to bring two female entrepreneurs together to participate in a collaborative work session. On October 24, they invited Ms. Fonseca and two other entrepreneurs to Skype to discuss solutions to health-related problems, which is also one of the UN goals. The session was moderated by Meg Stowe, Director of Innovation at Rocky Hill School.
Joining the classroom via Skype was Dr. Amy Baxter, Founder of Buzzy, a drug-free bee-shaped pain relief product, and Hannah Chung, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Sproutel and Jerry the Bear, an educational, interactive plush bear that delivers health education to children diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes.
Inspired by the work of Ms. Chung and Dr. Baxter, the students designed plans for their own interactive stuffed animals that deliver health education to children. Working in groups, they created an elephant for children with cancer, a penguin for children with anxiety, and a frog that pediatricians can use to help pediatric patients feel comfortable and relaxed. Their prototype creations were presented to Fonseca, Chung, and Baxter with hopes to collaborate in their support of children impacted by Type 1 Diabetes.
This student-centered and student-directed learning was inspired by real-world work in the medical start-up industry. During the Skype session, students in this third grade class proved themselves to be conveners, collaborators, and idea generators who have the potential to significantly impact their communities and the world. The students interviewed, posed questions, presented solutions, and engaged effectively with the three real-world expert mentors.