The National Summit Core Experiences
I Can Land by the Riverside School:
Who says you have to be “old enough” to make the world a better place? In I Can Land, our student revolutionaries led educators in using the principles of design thinking adopted by the Riverside School—Feel, Imagine, Do & Share—to develop innovative solutions to real-world education challenges.
The “Upside Down” School by Teach for India:
Children spend the majority of their time in school—but rarely are they consulted about what they will learn and how it should be taught. Prompted by the question “Why is student voice important?” in the Upside Down School session, students and educators worked together to envision an ideal school.
The National Summit Choice Experiences
Young Explorers by B.D. Somani International School
In a session where students of primary school age used building blocks to create impressive and structurally sound creations, participants were floored by the ability of these children to use materials at their disposal creatively to explore different academic concepts. Through this activity, these very young but sprightly kids from B.D. Somani International School explored concepts such as spatial awareness, structural integrity and built on skills like creativity, collaboration, problem-solving.
Science Learning Lab by the Inqui-Lab Foundation:
The Science Learning Lab was a bustling space where students and adults together used scientific experiments to solve real-world problems. By using accessible and often otherwise discarded materials, participants were able to create easy-to-make, cost-effective solutions, such as an upcycled stool made from an old tire, plastic bottle and some rope.
Expression Land by the Akanksha Foundation:
The students of Akanksha Foundation explored how they could unleash their voice and find leadership in the visual arts. Participants were encouraged to create life manifestoes that were translated into beautiful works of art. Students then created a safe space for all participants to share these works with each other.
SLAM by Slam Out Loud:
The SLAM session saw the students of Slam Out Loud enable a space where participants, many of whom had little to no experience with poetry, felt comfortable to write and even perform their own poems. It was a warm and beautiful experience where the concept of voice was explored through powerful poetry.
KER Circles by Teach For India:
These “un-conference” circles called upon participants to crowdsource discussion topics of their choosing. Each circle was filled with a diversity of individuals including kids, teachers, principals and parents, who all felt strongly about the issues at hand, yet remained respectful and open to new ideas that were different from each other.