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“We learned so much in our team collaboration, (including) how to ask for help,” said Lauren Horan, a rising senior at St. Gertrude High School, who served on the Richmond Raceway team. “It took a while for us to learn each other’s strengths and weaknesses and use them effectively. We grew confident in ourselves, confident in each other and confident in working in a professional setting.”
Over the past month, 20 high school students from 11 schools partnered with Richmond-area companies to understand their industries and conduct research to help them achieve specific goals. Friday, the students presented those six businesses and organizations with their recommended strategies and ideas.
Twenty students from eleven schools have wrapped a busy third week with CSEI. Their days included four days on-site with partner companies where the work on solving design challenges continues.
Students days included two workshops with guest speakers, one team day on Collegiate’s campus taking a deep dive into each design thinking challenge with Collegiate faculty and three days on-site with partner companies where the work on solving design challenges continues.
The first week was spent in several workshops with guest speakers, two field trips as well as two days with partner companies where the work on solving design challenges has begun.
By participating in two challenges, students experience how team collaboration and creative problem solving result in design solutions that focus on people’s needs and drive growth for cities and businesses.
On Tuesday, July 30th, CSEI students delivered the first of two presentations to their respective partner companies. These 30-45 minute interactive sessions enabled each of the seven teams to “pitch their concepts” to company leaders by sharing in great detail the design thinking process they followed to create prototypes for their respective Design Challenges.
Lynne Blaine, a trial attorney and partner at Harman Claytor Corrigan and Wellman, joined us on Friday, July 20 to host a public speaking workshop for the CSEI students. Geared towards increasing students’ confidence and skill at speaking in front an audience, the workshop prepared each group for their final Design Challenge presentations.
After spending Monday through Thursday in the field, students returned to Collegiate to reflect on their progress and presented short summaries of their work, initial ideas and their team’s stage in the Design Thinking Process. Feedback will enable the teams to enter the second week of design thinking with new ideas and different perspectives on how to best solve their challenges.
The 41st annual Cochrane Summer Economic Institute began on July 5, 2018 at Collegiate School. The Cochrane Summer Economic Institute (CSEI) is a community outreach program administered by Collegiate School and funded by the Powell Economic Education Foundation. “