How can we build a bridge from school to the workplace? How can we inspire students to dream big about their future and give them practice solving real world challenges?
Preflight shows students a professional role model, then lets students collaborate to solve a challenge that the professional faces.
Here are the six key steps:
Preflight challenges can be done in any class, and help to connect class material with real world challenges from the world of business.
I developed this idea through the OpenIDEO youth unemployment challenge and I have created a website and teacher guide to make the idea easy for teachers to implement. I would love feedback!
Here's an example scenario:Greg is a high school junior who loves video games and soccer. He gets average grades in school, and isn't too concerned about his future. One day, in English class, a video game user experience designer named Trevor comes into class, talks about his career journey and poses a challenge: "How can we make the perfect video game experience? Write a story describing your experience in the perfect video game." Greg is thrilled to see Trevor; he never knew how his interests could translate into a career. He normally doesn't like writing, but the thought of imagining the perfect experience excites him. The next week is the most fun week of school he's ever had. Greg's team researches current video games, interviews fellow classmates, brainstorms solutions and finally builds a mockup of a new video game. After presenting his team's idea, Greg talks to Trevor about his interests, and Trevor offers him a day to come shadow him at work. Trevor is excited by Greg's passion, and offers him a chance at a summer internship. The Preflight workshop showed Greg an exciting career possibility and launched him into the next phase of his future.
Check out the website for more information, a list of challenges and step-by-step guides: preflightchallenges.com
I would love to continue piloting the program in the upcoming school year. Please reach out to me if you are interested! Thank you!