We are thrilled to announce that Tyto Online has been selected as a Solver Team via the MIT Solve’s Global Challenges competition. Each year, MIT Solve launches a number of Global Challenges to tackle some of the most pressing challenges around the year. This year, one of those focuses was on Equitable Classrooms, asking innovators globally: “How can all young learners have access to quality, safe, and equitable learning environments? “
Solve’s Equitable Classrooms Challenge received over 500 applications from 83 countries around the world. As part of the process, we completed a detailed application, created a 3m pitch, had a judges’ Q&A with an illustrious global panel of education and equity innovators, and completed additional diligence responses about the product and our research behind it.
The entire cohort of Equitable Classrooms Solver teams is incredible. Please check out their announcement blog post here to read about the other 6 Solver teams!
We were humbled and honored to also have received $247,500 in grant funding from MIT Solve and prizes from generous organizations who work with MIT Solve to provide additional funding to help teams like us expand our work. So we’d like to take a moment below to acknowledge each of these funders, and the type of work they’re supporting with these grants.
We’re thrilled to have support from American Student Assistance® (ASA) since they’re doing incredible work supporting students’ early career exploration. Right now, our career exploration is mainly implicit: students already “do” the careers with botanists, ecologists, and even social servants as they explore various STEM problems and help the community in the game. We’re looking to begin expanding this: creating explicit career-focused quests, showing students the critical skills they are building, and other other solutions to extend this impact from implicit career attitudinal changes to explicit exploration.
GSR’s Corporate Social Responsibility Director let me know that STEM education was an area the GSR team is passionate about supporting, including the interest in increasing the diversity of those who chose STEM careers. GSR’s support will help us continue to build more social-impact focused STEM content, make Tyto Online easier to use in classroom, and help expand our reach.
We were also thrilled to learn more about GM’s goal of becoming the most inclusive company in the world, and how they wanted to support STEM education and equity. Our entire focus of impact is in increasing STEM engagement and career interest in equitable ways for diverse students: aligned 100% with GM’s mission in funding solutions in the Solver community. GM’s prize will also help us support and expand this work.
Looking for some resources to understand equity work in science/STEM education? Whether you’re trying to understand what we do, or what you can do for your students — here are some resources!
You can watch our webinar on Culturally Responsive & Antiracist Science Teaching embedded below, or on a full page at this link. This is mainly about general research and approaches that educators can use; we don’t really talk about Tyto Online much except for ~1m at the end! But these are strategies we’ve been incorporating!