Through the Design Ignites Change challenge, students are tackling complex issues including immigration reform, childhood obesity, and homelessness.
Most students have little awareness of design as its inclusion in school curricula is all too rare. To remedy that, Worldstudio and Adobe partnered to created Design Ignites Change, a program that encourages high school and college students to use design thinking and innovation to develop projects benefiting their own communities. In just two years of existence, the program has worked with more than 1,500 students (and counting) to explore everyday challenges from tolerance to traffic.
This week, Design Ignites Change announced the winners of its 2010 Implementation Awards. Recipients tackled a breadth of complex issues including immigration reform, childhood obesity, empowering the homeless, and the obstacles faced by those afflicted with autism.
Ruby Ku and Alex Pappas from the Austin Center for Design were awarded $500 for their Teach, Learn and Earn project that imagines a platform to empower homeless people by earning income through teaching. The pair are currently prototyping their project and plan to implement it in Austin in the upcoming months. Bryan Jones, another student from Kansas City Art Institute, received a $500 Idea Award for Enlightening Individuals, a teaching aid to help fifth grade students understand and implement their individual learning styles: auditory, visual or kinesthetic.