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Through Unconstruct,  students will uncover a problem and use the design thinking process to create a solution to that problem.  Students will identify a user and learn to empathize with them, define a problem, ideate possible solutions, build prototypes of their solutions, and then test their prototypes to perfect them.

Our 2022 Unconstruct challenge focuses on developing solutions for pedestrian safety.  Students will explore challenges within the pedestrian community and will design solutions after completing design thinking activities. 

Registration will open a few weeks in advance to initiative launch

Teacher Resources

The semi-structured curriculum below is ready to be customized by teachers.  We have provided 5 lessons for each of the stages in the Design Thinking process.  Lessons can be offered over any number of days. 

Adjusting to meet your students' needs is strongly encouraged.

Lesson plans

Please note: Slides are in google format, but can be downloaded in .ppt.  All materials or handouts referenced are linked to in the individual google slides or teacher notes accompanying the slides.

To download the slides as Microsoft PPT, click here.

The link above is for google slides.  If you need to submit using .ppt, click here for the template file.

Live webinar will be scheduled in late October

2022 Calendar

Please note, the lesson days can be customized to best fit your school schedule.

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1st Place
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Donald E Long (OR)

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How Might We Statement: 

How might we identify and produce a basketball mentorship home and healthy living sports program for both young men to live in and be mentored by successful elders, who also need a home. This home will provide a roof-top green living room, a pool, full court and gym, with the comforts of a modern family home with multiple rooms for a large range in who this home and program supports. The young men must love basketball, and agree to be mentored, and elders must be willing to mentor, all need a home and healthy space.

Photos courtesy of Motoya Nakamura, Multnomah County

2nd Place

Spectrum Girls (MA)

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3rd Place

J.M. and E
Donald E Long (OR)

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1st Place
RFK South Hadley (MA)

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How Might We Statement: 

How might we find a way to ensure housing and other necessities for homeless teen runaways in order to make sure that they are safe & will be okay?

2nd Place (tie)

J.S., J.D., and B.P.

Southeast Secure Reception (MA)

2nd Place (tie)


Davis Stuart (WV)

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