Imagine a fleet of (K-12/univ) youth swarming onto an empty field in the middle of city X, town Y or neighborhood Z. A week later, a brand new playground sits that was uniquely designed and built by them, their families and their community.
Proposed is an "underWearable" Activity Monitor (uWAM) for people to use to securely/safely monitor, track, store and share personal health/wellness information with their trusted circles (family, health care providers, caregivers, etc).
Thanks, Meena. Good idea - I'll meditate on this and expand on where prototyping examples might make sense such as splitting up idea into Design phase and Build phase; ie, so that in the Design phase, the students can explore building prototypes on a certain section of the playground perhaps around certain themes for a respective class (literature, math, science, etc). From here, there are many possibilities such as incorporating contests w/in their school or across schools (regional, state, national, etc per Laure's recommendation).
Thanks, Laure. I dig the idea of motivating achievement by proposing a challenge; one quick thought is students can compete for scholarships, internships, supplies for schools, etc. I will take a stab at expanding on this...
I think the purpose would be to learn what does/does not work and to get a feel for the value that this concept can potentially create. I propose rapid 'prototyping' by using existing tools. For example, here are some thoughts that would be easy to do technically but the real work is in getting the Sages/Grasshoppers connected in a minimal way to observe and learn: 1) setup a Wordpress account and then build a simple front facing presence w/ the relevant parts of the description you have thus far 2) approach some local retirement communities and make a pitch for volunteers to be video taped for telling a historical story and experiences and skills/competencies. they also agree to go on-line w/ their experience/info. I think 2-3 people volunteering per category would be highly successful. 3) for each of people that volunteer, setup a LinkedIn account for them and put up their related info (interesting experiences, skills, competencies, etc) 4) video tape volunteer telling story about their experiences, skills, competencies and upload it to YouTube. create links between the YouTube videos and the LinkedIn account profiles. 5) approach some local K-12 schools (perhaps a sampling of each level) and pitch to the appropriate teacher to create an assignment to research certain events/periods/etc. Collaborate w/ the teacher to ensure that at least 75% of the potential assignments overlap w/ the experiences/competencies that the retired volunteers submitted. also, negotiate that the students use the wordpress frontpage that you created to perform the 'research'. 6) hold "Meet ups" where you matchmake the "Sages" with the "Grasshoppers" and document/videotape/interview what is/is not working and how to make your wordpress presence better. or have the Grasshoppers and/or Sages document their experience on trying to use the frontpage and/or interview them after they use it to see what is/is not working. 7) feedback all the key learning's into the next rev. ;-)