Tuesday, November 14 • 9:45am - 10:35am
Engaging University Students in Co-design Projects with Partner Schools and Communities

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There seems to be growing student interest in learning relevant STEM, design and entrepreneurship skills through real work with real people. D-Lab has been running project-based classes at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where university students from different disciplines come together to create innovations that address poverty with partner communities around the world. These opportunities have attracted diverse students to D-Lab, including a high number of female students (over 50%), international students, underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, and students from humanities and social sciences who are new to exploring STEM fields. Many alumni have continued on into STEM-related careers for positive social and environmental impact.


Running real projects in real communities comes with real responsibilities. This session will share what the D-Lab: Education course has learned over the years in providing university students with opportunities to work with youth and educators, co-developing educational technologies and hands-on STEM curricula with partner K-12 schools and communities in 5+ countries. The D-Lab: Education course aims to extend D-Lab’s hands-on approach to younger students by helping to create more accessible, relevant, and inspirational pre-tertiary STEM learning opportunities. There are diverse stakeholders in the D-Lab: Education model, including at the university level, in partner K-12 schools (educators, students, families), and within partner communities where the K-12 schools are located (residents, leadership, community-based organizations).

In this discussion plus hands-on idea generation session, we will engage universities, schools, and organizations in thinking through how to overcome some challenges of school-community partnerships and work towards developing impactful projects.


Jessica Huang

Instructor, D-Lab, MIT

Lisa Nam

Instructor, D-Lab, MIT

Tuesday November 14, 2017 9:45am - 10:35am
Meeting Room E