Design Days

Design Day is an exciting one-day program that brings together middle schoolers, local companies, and community members to engage in a compelling design thinking experience. STC brings together students from our local network of schools to tackle a real-world challenge presented to them by community leaders. To create a prototype of their solution, students collaborate in teams with peers from a variety of schools, supported by corporate and community volunteers.  Students’ Design Day experience culminates in a formal pitch of their design to a panel of judges. The day typically concludes with an awards ceremony and celebration reception.

“From the feedback that I got from the students, [The Design Day Challenge] was an invaluable experience to see how the stuff they learn in the classroom connects to something in real life.”

Andrew B., Newark Boys Chorus School

“Haven Academy was thrilled to participate in Schools That Can’s Design Day challenge that brought together scholars from a variety of backgrounds to dream up solutions for real-life issues. The event boosted our scholars’ self-esteem and allowed them to interact with new kids who share the same interests.”

Jessica N., Mott Haven Academy

“I loved how the students applies their ideas to a real life problem/concept within Newark – I wish I had this when I was in school.”

Teacher, Newark


Learn more about STC’s Design Days by contacting our team.

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We accept corporate sponsorships for our Design Day with opportunities to sponsor the whole event, the reception, or a team. All sponsors are encouraged to send volunteers for their company to engage in the challenge with students, too. Contact us for more information.