The program enables engagement of youth who may live completely different lives but who are committed to working on solving similar global challenges. The cross-cultural design of the program prepares students to investigate the world and weigh perspectives so they are ready to not only interact with their peers, but also work together to build a mobile app that can help solve some of today’s critical global issues.
Teams participate synchronously (live) in a series of facilitator-led activities. Asynchronously, groups collect and organize content for the app they are building. Students collaborate using web-based tools such as Zoom, Slack, and the MAD-learn app-building platform. A Shark Tank-like competition is utilized as a culminating activity. Throughout the virtual exchange program, students gain knowledge and skills in technology and computing through the development of the apps; world affairs and global studies through the exploration of the SDGs; and business and entrepreneurship through the design thinking process.
- Number of Participants: 1,210
- Participant Age Group: Middle School/Grades 6-8; High School/Grades 9-12
- Partners in the United States: Middle and high school classrooms from the Center of Global Education’s International Studies Schools Network (ISSN)
- Partners in the Middle East and North Africa: Jordan – INJAZ
- Project Duration: July 2021– June 2023