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Gibson Ek Students Take First and Second Place in WSSDA Innovation Competition

Gibson Ek Students Take First and Second Place in WSSDA Innovation Competition

Posted by Elizabeth Egan on 19 January, 2018
Congratulations to two teams from Gibson Ek High School on placing first and second at the Washington State School Directors’ Association Innovation Challenge at the WSSDA Annual Conference. 

Students were challenged with the task of imagining a scenario in which a locally based, international aid organization offered their community funding to address a local issue. The range of funding could be between $1 million and $50 million, distributed over a range of time or used as a lump sum. Teams then had to evaluate four issues within their community and choose one to focus one, propose a project to address the chosen issue – which included creating a budget and implementation schedule – and then create a compelling public service announcement to notify the community of the issue as well as kick start the project. 

Each team was given ten minutes to make a presentation on how the topic was selected and what their approach would be. Teams were evaluated on their overall dynamic, innovation, ability to implement their plan, sources of inspiration, and evaluation of risk and reward.

The first place team members were Josh Feinsilber (11), Hannah Feinsilber (9), Amy Yuan (10), and Hallel Jornadal (9). Focusing on transportation issues, the team highlighted current challenges with public transit in that a bus trip often takes too long and many people find it faster to drive. Also, many bus stops are too far away from home, discouraging use. Rather than increase stops, or the number of buses, the students decided to increase the number of riders in cars already on the road. To implement this the team designed a system including a mobile application, to make it easier for people to form carpools.

The second place team consisted of David Bernado (11), Megan Krohn (10), Lizzie Christensen (10), and Rose Shen (9). Their program worked to help people imprisoned for crimes learn coding skills while finished out their sentences, and would then be hired for that work in an office after their release.

Congratulations to all students that were involved!