Through the design thinking process, about 150 Treasure Valley high school juniors defined problems Thursday in the areas of STEM, health, education and life.
With an average of about five hours of sleep — some students with zero — on the CenturyLink Arena floor, concourse or stage atop the ice, students began the day prototyping their solution in small groups less than 10.
In four hours, the 24-hour clock will stop and final touches will be made to their pitches. The groups will then present their solutions to Idaho's biggest problems to their peers and community leaders at 2:30 p.m., today at the Grove Hotel. The public is invited.
Through the night and Friday morning, student journalists compiled some thoughts on Day 1:
Vanessa Monrroy, Vallivue High, education track:
#24think participants spent the majority of their night coming together and continued to face the issues that were placed before them.
Many groups were divided up and focused on a certain idea that they strongly felt about. Through interviews that were done earlier in the day on Thursday, students were able to receive an overview of how certain school programs are running and what needs to be changed in order for the school system to be successful.
We were able to receive insight from adults about what they wanted to hear, which helped emphasize certain areas of their presentation. Some students also walked around, listening to the presentations of their peers and gave their personal opinion which helped students correct areas that might have lacked.
Students participated in hourly "one the dot" activities to keep them awake and engage in social interactions. As we continue this #24hrthink challenge, we are preparing ourself to present our data that has been collected and be ready to present them to the community.
We hope to be heard and make a change in issues that are currently happening in our society.
Heidi Knickerbocker, Parma High, education track
Education is freedom.
The more education we provide the better off the next generations will be and WE ARE the next generation! We need to find ways to make education fun and interactive for the teachers and the students, that is what we are striving for today.
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