On November 3rd – 4th, students from high schools across the York Region District School Board will gather at Middlefield Collegiate Institute in Markham to participate in a two-day design thinking hackathon. The problem they’ll be solving: climate change.
Last April, we ran a Climate Hackathon in partnership with Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. We experimented by inviting 12 high school students to participate amongst adult participants in the hack. The objective of this experiment was to identify if this would be a good learning environment for the high school students to explore innovation and entrepreneurship competencies. Guess what? One of the high school student teams won third place in the hack!
With 42% of jobs at risk of automation, we know that the future of work is changing. The question is, how do we prepare youth with the skills and experiences needed to adapt to an evolving economy? Ontario’s Highly Skilled Workforce Panel’s recommendations recognize a need to “identify promising ways of teaching students competencies demanded by the evolving economy such as problem solving, teamwork and entrepreneurial spirit.” The York Region District School Board (YRDSB) is on the same page as the Highly Skilled Workforce Panel and have made formal commitments to providing innovation and entrepreneurial learning across the board.