For students in grades 5-8, Run Solve Serve builds upon school-day learning, furthering students’ physical, mental and emotional development and addressing the wellness of the whole child. Program participants will be introduced to practices and character traits essential for lifelong success, such as fitness, problem-solving, innovation, kindness, and empathy.
Run Solve Serve utilizes the basics of healthy running to teach participants how to effectively set and achieve goals. The second half of each session then engages participants in service learning, during which they use a modified design thinking approach to solve a real problem for a local nonprofit.
SERVICE LEARNING EXPLAINED
Service-learning is an approach to teaching and learning in which students use academic knowledge and skills to address genuine community needs.
Service learning motivates kids because they not only get to work together, but their work and the solutions they come up with benefit the community. Learn more by watching the short video below.
DESIGN THINKING EXPLAINED
Design thinking is a method for creative problem-solving and innovation developed and popularized by Stanford University professors. It involves really learning about the people affected by the problem in order to develop solutions that will meet their needs. This makes it great for developing empathy and problem-solving skills in kids. To learn more, watch the short video below.