Education Programs

Civic Spark Challenge

6-12 Grade Students

Students are tasked with solving a civic challenge in their community by working in teams to research, build, and pitch their solutions.

Over the course of the project, students research and develop key business concepts to inform their solution, complete a business model canvas, and create a prototype. The project culminates in a Shark Tank style pitch competition where students pitch their solution to a panel of guest judges.

After completing their projects, students receive CivTechSA completion certificates, and walk away with a tangible example of their 21st Century workforce skills and a project to prove them.

 

Civic Spark Challenge 21st Century Workforce Skills

+ Problem solving
+ Collaboration
+ Creative thinking
+ Research and development
+ Public speaking
+ Business model foundations
+ Technology concepts
+ Civic awareness and engagement

 

Resources Provided

+ Civic Spark Challenge Playbook
+ Educator and student resources
+ CivTechSA staff guidance

IgniteSA

Higher Education Students

Students are tasked with solving a civic challenge in their community by working in teams to research, build, and pitch their solutions.

The challenge begins at the beginning of the Spring semester by introducing local government, civic technology, and entrepreneurism to the students, along with a challenge bank of real-world problems our city faces. Over the course of the project, students research and develop key business concepts to inform their solution, complete a business model canvas, and create a prototype.

Mid-way through the semester, CivTechSA will host a city-wide Mentor Day for higher education students participating in IgniteSA to connect with subject matter experts and mentors from the municipal institutions, research institutions, and the startup tech ecosystem. The semester culminates in a city-wide pitch competition hosted by CivTechSA where finalist student teams pitch to a panel of guest judges.

Resources Provided

+ Ignite SA Challenge Playbook
+ Educator and student resources
+ CivTechSA staff guidance
+ Mentor Day

Our Impact

64

Events Held
In Two Years

1,415

Event Attendees
in Two Years

22

City Depts Involved

27

Civic Challenges Solved

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