For nearly two decades, students from around the world have participated in Microsoft’s global technology competition, the Imagine Cup, to bring their unique tech solutions to life. However, the Imagine Cup is more than just a competition; it’s a chance for students to work with friends, network with professionals, gain new skills, and meet other youth who want to make a difference in the world. The Imagine Cup is looking for innovative and passion-driven tech solutions from students that will shape how people live, work, and play. The 2020 competition consists of four key phases: Registration and Submission, Online Regional Semifinals or Local Finals, In-Person Regional Finals, and the World Championship. The top teams from the Online Regional Semifinals will advance to the In-Person Regional Finals, and the top two teams from each Regional Final will travel to the Imagine Cup World Championship in Seattle for the chance to win $100,000 cash, a mentoring session with Microsoft’s CEO, and more.
Deadlines: Registration and Submission, January 2020; Online Regional Semifinals or Local Finals, February 2020; In-Person Regional Finals, February–March 2020; World Championship, date to be announced
Students come to school with, as Dr. Adolph Brown describes, two backpacks. One of the backpacks contains academic tools, such as pencils, calculators, and textbooks, that represent their readiness to learn. The second backpack represents the invisible emotional weight that burdens each student entering our school buildings. Anxiety, stress, rage, self-doubt, and low self-worth resulting from bullying, child abuse, substance abuse, and neglect cannot be unpacked and shoved into a school locker. This backpack accompanies students throughout the school day and impacts their engagement, attentiveness, and interactions. Educators don’t always see the contents of this backpack, yet they witness its negative impact on student learning every day. So how can educators and leaders reach these students? How can we unburden them and teach them coping and relationship skills that allow them to participate in their education fully?
Outfitting a school or classroom with the correct technology resource can further the reach of teachers, enhance the skills of students, and create endless opportunities of education methods. Educators of America are driven to not only supply teachers and educators with the classroom technology they need but also train them to use it in the most effective ways possible.
World101, a program of the Council on Foreign Relations, offers a growing library of free multimedia resources that explain international affairs and foreign policy issues, helping students understand the basics of these topics, including why they matter and how they are relevant.