Students brainstorm a list of the worst things that could happen to them now or in the future. Challenge them to come up with a ways to survive/thrive in that situation given what they've learned from school.
How does this idea help to spark student curiosity?
Everyone has a dream for what they want from life. This is their Plan A. It's prudent to prepare for bumps along the way: Plan B. Adversity, like necessity, can birth innovation and creativity. This is an exercise in design thinking where a student empathizes with their unfortunate self to frame a problem and, hopefully, solve it. After all the high stakes testing this provides students with a way to prototype how their education has prepared them.
What grade level is this idea most appropriate for?