Region 4 Design Challenge
The Region 4 Design Challenge is for you!
Region 4 will host its first design challenge competition for 8th—12th grade students.
Internet and Broadband Access is our 2022–2023 challenge focus because more students need to be able to connect. Data from a state survey shows that one in six public school students in Texas does not have access to high-speed Internet. The Region 4 Design Challenge gives students a chance to design solutions to a problem that affects them.
8th–12th grade students in Region 4 are invited to develop a community technology and information process where students, parents, and the community can come together to access essential resources not readily available at home.
The purpose of this design challenge is to inspire a systemic approach to exploring the possibilities of solving a real-world problem based on multi-curricular and design-based thinking.
The challenge will include
- researching the problem,
- identifying potential solutions, and
- creating and delivering a presentation to showcase the developed solution.
Who can participate?
- Districts and charter schools in Region 4 Education Service Center area
- Students in grades 8–12
- Competition is open to individuals and teams.
- Sponsors and team advisors must be a district or charter staff member not affiliated with a business or corporation.
- We encourage partnerships, but all work must come from students.
Individual students and teams will be able to register between August and September at www.esc4.net/designchallenge/registration.
Region 4 Design Challenge Core Goals
- Empower 8th–12th grade students
- Promote the application of academic content to solve real-world problems
- Design-based thinking
- Connect real-world problems with careers/career pathways