i-Space: A Makerspace and Community for Students of All Backgrounds at the University Library
Bronze Award Winner
Good Work Foundation: Cultivating Curiosity
Of 100 children that start school in South Africa, approximately 60 will reach their final year, 37 will graduate, and only 12 will access university. Almost none will be adequately equipped to participate in the fourth industrial revolution. We are on a mission to change this by challenging how we learn, what we learn, and who has access to learning. Our digitally based Open Learning and Bridging Academies aim to enhance and bolster state learning through gamified, wonder-filled learning which builds on existing pedagogical practice.
NBA Math Hoops
In the United States, 82% percent of low-income youth are not proficient in math by the eight grade, with many suffering from declining engagement in STEM throughout middle school. The NBA Math Hoops program addresses this core challenge by integrating a student passion point into classroom learning. The experience leverages a basketball board game, curriculum, and mobile app, prompting students to complete a basketball season in the classroom with the stats of their favorite NBA and WNBA players. To date, the program has reached over 150,000 students and accomplished significant academic and social-emotional gains for students underrepresented in STEM.
i-Space: A Makerspace and Community for Students of all Backgrounds at the University Library
The i-Space is a Digital Makerspace and vibrant community at the library of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. It aims to lower the barriers of entry for students to try out and explore new digital devices and creative use of technologies regardless of their disciplines and family background. Abreast of technology, i-Space is unique in terms of our emphasis on 1) equal opportunity to access digital equipment, 2) facilitating students’ creative work, 3) the archival and dissemination of the maker’s knowledge, and 4) embrace Tech Culture concept. By self-guided exploration or competitions, i-Space helped students gone through significant transformations.