Amaya Bowman (AMCHS), David Chang (AMCHS), Sunshine Wan (CSHS) and Samuel Wu (CSHS) collaborated with students from around Texas to design solutions to Global problems within certain CTE pathways.
Three teams of ninth-graders from different Texas high schools randomly selected two career and technical education (CTE) career clusters from the 16 recognized pathways and were instructed to research them in terms of trends, concerns, and new developments to solve a problem. To ramp up the challenge, the three four-member teams were told to conduct their research and presentations against a backdrop of being assigned to a task force to address safety and security in the year 2030.
This group of students researched their topics and CTE pathways for two weeks prior to the conference and then presented their ideas to the other groups. After receiving the challenge, the students worked tirelessly gathering research, designing solutions, interviewing guests, collaborating with other students, and creating their presentation until their final exhibition.
Students didn’t have to limit their research to traditional resources. Many interviewed school board members attending conference and vendors in the exhibit hall, and conducted a Skype interview with an international aid worker in Kabul, Afghanistan.
In addition to the CSISD students, teams of students from San Antonio ISD and Lockhart ISD also participated.