Design 4 Impact Curriculum

At D4i, we make it a huge focus to interact with our community in as many ways as we can. Here are some of our main deliverables to ensure that anyone with an interest can be a part of what we do.

 

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DESIGN CHALLENGES

Day-long hackathons in which students and adults work together to solve problems that companies face. 

BUILD YOUR OWN BUSINESS:
AND SAVE THE WORLD

A 6-week intensive course in which students learn about social entrepreneurship and work in small teams to create a business with a triple-bottom-line. 

DESIGN CONFERENCE

The annual conference is designed to align our 3 stakeholder groups—public and private, across sectors— to achieve our mission of bringing more design-driven social impact work to K-12.

MINIMESTER

Every year in January, Avenues middle schoolers take a break from their regular classes for a whole week to do a deep-dive intensive course on topics from Chess to, naturally, Design Thinking. 

GLOBAL SOCIAL INNOVATION

A yearlong elective in which students define and interact with social innovation terms by examining real-world problems using the case study model. Avenues students participated in Social Innovation Week in November 2015.

5TH TERM MASTERY

At the end of every school year, students have the opportunity to pursue uninterrupted design thinking for an entire term.