Gifted Students Investigate Global Needs and Propose Solutions

Students are passionate about the engineering design process.

Fifth grade Target students across the Cobb County School District have worked all semester on an IGNITE study. Students began with a novel study of The Boy who Harnessed the Wind. This book follows the story of William Kamkwamba, a Malawian boy who teaches himself how to build a windmill in order to save his village from famine. Target students have investigated the concept of empathy, researched the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and further developed their understanding of the engineering design process.

After studying the UN Sustainable Development Goals, students identified problems they are passionate about and have employed design thinking to brainstorm, plan, and create unique solutions. Many students take their projects further, preparing presentations and 3-minute pitches to compete for the opportunity to attend the K-12 Inventure Challenge at Georgia Tech.

Cobb County School District has been involved with the K-12 Inventure Prize competition since its inception in 2012 and will send 23 elementary school teams to the regional competition in February.  Several local middle and high school teams will also compete. Regional finalists will go to the State competition on March 11, 2020, at Georgia Tech. State finalists will have the opportunity to compete at the National Invention Convention at the Henry Ford Museum of Innovation June 3-5, 2020.


Andrew Kutscher, Supervisor – K-12
Advanced Learning

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