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    Date submitted
  • 06-Feb-2017

Sidekick

Abstract

Research shows that authentic-audience, project-based learning (PBL) is a more equitable and effective learning method, and approximately 80% of high school teachers report wanting to bring authentic PBL into to their classrooms. Only 1% do. This is because it is 5 times more effort for teachers to find a real-world partner with a suitable problem to solve, align the project to academic standards or learning outcomes, and then adapt the supporting teaching and materials to the inevitable twists and turns that come with a real-world project in real-time.

Sidekick flips the lesson planning process and, using proprietary technology, makes authentic PBL curriculum development as easy as traditional curriculum development. Students feel engaged and are exposed to new career and academic opportunities through real-world experience; industry and academic partners connect with a robust but often overlooked talent pipeline.

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Who is your customer?

Our direct customers are the corporate partners who provide projects to students and the teachers that teach them (Grades 9 to 12, Math, English, Social Studies & Science). Corporate partners stand to benefit by gaining access to a pool of diverse talent to help them with their latest issues as well as new stream of potential talent. Teachers benefit by being able to engage students easily with a real-world problem instead of an academic exercise without the additional logistical burden. In the end, this company aims to benefit the students, by engaging them and bringing out their inner superheroes.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Research shows that authentic-audience, project-based learning (PBL) is a more equitable and effective learning method, and approximately 80% of high school teachers report wanting to bring authentic PBL into to their classrooms. Only 1% do. This is because it is 5 times more effort for teachers to find a real-world partner with a suitable problem to solve, align the project to academic standards or learning outcomes, and then adapt the supporting teaching and materials to the inevitable twists and turns that come with a real-world project in real-time.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Sidekick flips the lesson planning process and, using proprietary technology, makes authentic PBL curriculum development as easy as traditional curriculum development. Students feel engaged and are exposed to new career and academic opportunities through real-world experience; industry and academic partners connect with a robust but often overlooked talent pipeline.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Sidekick flips the lesson planning process and, using proprietary technology, makes authentic PBL curriculum development as easy as traditional curriculum development. Students feel engaged and are exposed to new career and academic opportunities through real-world experience; industry and academic partners connect with a robust but often overlooked talent pipeline.