ISD Dallas Students Tackle Community Issues and Learn – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Have you ever watched a child seriously think about something? Their little heads seem to be bubbling with ideas.
Well, what if they’re really onto something?
Dallas ISD wanted to know.
The district formed groups and asked them to come up with solutions to the problems they see in our daily lives.
Miranda Martinez, a fourth-grader, and her friends were tired of seeing litter in the neighborhood around their school.
They invented an ATM-trash combination.
“You put trash in there and it makes you money,” Martinez explained. She says the idea inspires people around the world to properly dispose of waste without literating.
The children have thought of everything. From hyper-local issues to products that might end up on store shelves.
“We make a bone for dogs that tests their saliva to see if they have a disease and tells you what it is,” said Hannah Koplow, a fourth-grader.
Students had to develop business plans and budgets. They were advised by high school students. Some even walked away from the products and just looked for something simple that would work.
“We are trying to solve the graffiti problem in our school. If you walk around, you see a lot of drawings everywhere,” said Arianna Hernandez, a sixth-grader.
Their idea makes the walls look clean and professional, but also dedicates a space in the school where graffiti would be allowed.
“It will be really fun. The kids will love it and it will solve the problem we have at our school,” Hernandez said.
Schools teach everything from problem solving and working together to public speaking.
“It was fun, but it was also a little stressful,” Koplow said.
The winning groups received money from the district to bring their ideas to fruition. The graffiti space walked away as one of the winners. The district will work with them this summer to make it happen at Robert Thomas Hill Middle School.