Tomorrow’s leaders must understand how to program computers and other smart devices. Even if you don't become a programmer, many future jobs will involve digital skills and technology. The Boy Scouts of America partnered with Code.org to introduce ways of using technology that contribute to Scouting values.
Through the Scout Innovation Design Challenge, you will learn what is required to create an innovative solution and how to invent, innovate and implement an idea that improves your community.
The Scout Innovation Design Challenge allows you to:
Game-based learning introduces Scouts and Explorers to the basic building blocks of coding. Youth are challenged to think of an idea for an app that helps solve a UN Sustainable Development problem. Youth may submit their idea to the BSA Innovation Design Challenge for a chance to win $2,000 for their unit.
Code.org introduces coding to youth across the world, providing free and easy activities that can be delivered by leaders at the unit level. Youth may join the Saturday, December 8, event at Austin Community College Highland Campus to kick off the Innovation Design Challenge.
What You Can Do Right Now
The Capitol Area Council, BSA will award up to five prizes of $2,000 each to a Scouting or Exploring unit. Two prizes will be awarded to the Beginner category and two prizes will be awarded to the Intermediate/Advanced category. There will be a final prize for the Most Innovative Project. Winners will also be mentioned in the Capitol Area Council, BSA social media.
* Prizes will be awarded to the unit listed on the Submission Form.
You will need to complete the Submission Form describing your project, its purpose, who would use it, and submit a basic wireframe and your Code.org project link. You do not need to have a completely working app, but you must be able to write and present about your app. It is more important that your idea solves a local, national or global problem, and is unique and innovative.
There are a few things that your app must do, at minimum:
Here’s how Here’s how you will be scored:
IMPACT (20 points)
How does this app idea contribute to one of the five Sustainable Development Goals at a local or regional level? Does the proposed app make a meaningful, positive impact on the community (local, national and/or global)? How many people will be positively impacted?
DESIGN (20 points)
How well thought out is the design of the app? Has the team considered different pages/events in their wireframes? How does the design support the purpose of the app?
APPROACH (20 points)
How did the team approach the app development? What was the process for research, picking a concept, and designing a layout? Did team use market research to better understand the problem and user group? If completed, how was the approach for making and/or testing a prototype? Did the team factor in the user(s) of the app and their needs?
INNOVATION (20 points)
How is the solution innovative, new and different? How will it interact with or affect other solutions currently being deployed to solve similar problems? Did the team consider other solutions already in existence?
IMPLEMENTATION (10 points)
How well developed is the app? Did the team create and/or test a prototype? Did the team complete the required events based on his or her experience level?
Step 1: Create your app on Code.org. Follow Code.org account setup instructions in the Resource Section.
Step 2: You must submit your entry using the online submission form. To do so, click ACCEPT CHALLENGE above to get started.
NOTE: Youth under the age of 13 may not submit content or responses for this challenge. A unit leader, parent or older youth (13 years or older) may submit on his/her behalf.
Please answer the below questions in the Submission Form:
This challenge is only open to Scouting and Exploring units registered in the Capitol Area Council, BSA (Austin area).
Registration and Submissions:
Submissions must be made online (only), via upload to the HeroX.com website, on or before 11:59 pm Central February 15, 2019. All uploads must be in PDF or Word format. No late submissions will be accepted.
Intellectual Property Rights:
Please see the legal agreement section of this Challenge page.
Selection of Winners:
Based on the winning criteria, prizes will be awarded per the Judging Criteria section above. In the case of a tie, the winner(s) will be selected based on the highest votes from the Judges.
In the case of no winner, the Capitol Area Council, BSA reserves the right to withhold the Prize amount. In place of the original prize amount, the Capitol Area Council, BSA must issue a Consolation Prize to the team or individual closest to the winning solution in the amount of $2,000.
The determination of the winners will be made by a group of computer programming professionals and Scouting leaders.