Connected Storm Sanctuary

How do families, friends, and communities connect to one another when a natural disaster strikes?

U.S. Cellular in collaboration with JASON Learning asks this question with a new Day of Design MissionConnected Storm Sanctuary. In this mission, students imagine and prototype solutions that use mobile technologies to create a better storm sanctuary — a temporary space where families come together, connect, engage and be safe during, and immediately after, a natural disaster. US Cellular sponsored access to this mission and JASON Learning online content for all K-12 teachers and students during the 2018–19 school year and was first launched in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Milwaukee, Wisconsin school districts.

40 elementary students from Tulsa Public Schools participated in the mission earlier in May. JASON Learning’s Regional Director and Trainer, Deb Hill was at Tulsa’s event and shares the following:

Ms. Wolfe’s students shared their initial Connected Storm Sanctuary prototypes with US Cellular employees during a Day of Design Expo held at MacArthur. The US Cellular volunteers were blown away by the students’ ideas. The students learned a tremendous amount from the volunteers about cellular towers and networks as well as ways they could improve their designs.

See the winners from Tulsa’s Expo:
First Place Award: The Dream Team
Most Innovative Prototype: The Fabulous Four
Best Team Presentation Award: The Power Aides
Community Partner Award: The Black Knights

Milwaukee Public Schools in Wisconsin also hosted their Day of Design Mission in May with guest judges from American Red Cross, University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee.

JASON Learning looks forward to continued collaboration with Tulsa and Milwaukee schools to support their vision of expanding the use of JASON Learning in classrooms across their communities as well as create a District Wide Connected Storm Sanctuary Day of Design Mission. US Cellular looks forward to coming back again next year and plan to bring a lot of their peers with them!

Milwaukee Public Schools — Storm Sanctuary Design Mission
U.S. Cellular staff and volunteers at the Milwaukee Design Mission event
Students from Tulsa Public Schools participating in the Storm Sanctuary Design Mission
Team: The Glimmers from Tulsa Public Schools smiling with their prototype
Students presenting their prototypes in front of their peers and judges.

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