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Jan 04, 2022 2022-01-04

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Problem-Solving Challenge Encouraging Career Exploration

The nonprofit organization American Student Assistance (ASA), in partnership with the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE), has launched the “ASA Solve Together: Tomorrow’s Leaders Tackling Today’s Challenges.” The competition invites middle school and high school students to adopt a career for the purpose of creating a solution in one of four broad areas: addressing climate change; solving a public health issue; building a colony on Mars; or tackling a “passion project. Teachers can enroll whole classes, create teams of up to five students each, and choose the challenges for the teams to complete. Or students can self-register as teams, with adult support.

During the challenge, teams work through various phases (discovery, exploration, imagination, creation, and reflection), while they learn more about different careers and develop their collaborative problem-solving skills. After they have completed their challenge, teams submit a deliverable—such as an infographic, presentation, podcast, or video—to showcase their work.

Students’ solutions will be judged based on creativity, career skills engagement, and knowledge development. Winning teams will be awarded $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place, and $500 for third place. For teacher-run programs, the school is also eligible to win $10,000, $5,000, or $2,500, respectively.

Deadlines: Submissions will be accepted from January 3, 2022, through March 4, 2022; winners will be announced in April 2022.

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