Social Entrepreneurship & Design Thinking: Equity in the Outdoors

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Mies Campus


Rising 10th–12th graders

Program Description

In Social Entrepreneurship and Design Thinking: Equity in the Great Outdoors, students will learn about social entrepreneurship and design thinking from expert instructors from Illinois Tech’s Kaplan Institute and Stuart School of Business. They will use these frameworks to design solutions to problems of equity and community access to outdoor activities, using sailing as an example. Students will learn about the physics and design of sailing, as well as issues of social impact, sustainability, and diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sport. They will also learn business concepts and practice financial modeling. At the end of the week, students will present their prototypes to their classmates and faculty. 

Sample Daily Topics (Subject to change):

Day 1: Design Thinking, Physics of Sailing, Design of Sailing

Day 2: Field Trip to 31st Street Beach

Day 3: Social Impact, Sustainability, Ideation, Diversity and Inclusion

Day 4: Entrepreneurship, Financial Modeling, Prototyping

Day 5: Presentations

Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will visit and learn about the local sailing community
  • Students will learn design thinking and tools to help identify and solve problems
  • Students will learn how diversity, inclusion, equity and sustainability help create more just solutions
  • Students will learn social entrepreneurship concepts, frameworks and tools to develop viable business models

Covid-19 Note

Programs are intended to be in person. In April based on local and national guidelines around COVID-19, we will determine if the program should be run online. Should the program run online, the total cost of the program will be reduced, and your deposit will be applied toward the new program cost. Deposits are fully refundable until May 15th. Please reference the refund policy for more information. 


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