STEMconnector® launched its new Day of Design (DofD) initiative, recurring annually on National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) on Oct. 6, 2017. Currently, 2.8 million students and counting in all 50 states will participate in a design thinking challenge that will provide them with the skills they need to prepare for the workforce of tomorrow. By introducing millions of students to design thinking, this effort will encourage thousands of young men and women to pursue careers related to STEM and place them right in the center of the manufacturing revolution taking place in the US and around the world.
Day of Design challenges will require students to use design thinking and follow a specific set of steps. They submit a video that explains their process of solving the problem as well as how they arrived at their solution. Upon completion of this challenge, participants will receive a digital badge issued by Credly that can be embedded into websites and email signatures, shared on professional and social media platforms, featured in e-portfolios, and more. This digital badge will also link to the students' video report on the challenge they have completed.
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