We are looking to change the modern education system so that all students can be their best!

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  • Education
  • Technology
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  • No

Eligibility: Date of Birth

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6535 West Oquendo Road Las Vegas, Nevada 89118

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Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Idea (hoping to get started in the future)

1. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

Nerdom is dedicated to solving the underlying problems in modern education. We recognize that this is a huge umbrella of issues and we will attack it one step at a time. More specifically, we are looking to make science easier to understand for Kinesthetic and visual learners, children with special needs, and to students who learned English as a second language. We also hope to spark an interest in learning for students in Title One Schools.

2. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

We believe that by introducing more hands on experiments and lesson plans to accompany those experiments is vital to making education make sense to all students. This year, we decided to start our learning platform with a unit on how plants grow. In this unit, there are various group activities, videos, and technology assignments. Group activities are designed to encourage students to collaborate, as that is one of our main goals. The videos are designed to help students to expand their knowledge in that particular area. Technology assignments are designed to help bridge the technology gap between students who have never used technology before and those that have used it for years. We also plan on making a website specifically for they students so that they can go through and review topics that they struggled with.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

Elle Glassford, the founder of Nerdom has a side of her family that is completely Spanish speaking. Her cousin recently started to learn English as a second language. As Elle was helping him with English homework, she thought that there had to be another way to really assist him. There had to be another way to integrate English into other subjects. Elle’s aunt is a resource teacher, meaning that she works in special education classrooms. They were taking one day about why special education is so unique and Elle’s aunt brought up the fact that there aren’t any online resources that help special education kids. When Elle brought the idea to Audrey and Destiny, they suggested starting with a unit in science, as this is one of the hardest classes for people who learned English as a second language. Then, Nerdom was born.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

We are stepping up to make a change because education desperately needs one! All students do not have the same resources or opportunities. Teachers are in need of solutions that help them help students. We believe in giving teachers the lesson plans and the tools that they need to teach all students. Our team of three is extremely excited for this opportunity!

5. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

When a Title One teacher reaches out to us expressing an interest in joining our program, we will walk them through the curriculum and resources that are now at their fingertips. We are almost finished with our lesson plans to give the teachers. This includes some fun games, notes, and everything under the sun related to photosynthesis and hydroponics. Thanks to these resources, teachers can spend twelve weeks using what we have prepared for them to teach their students. Of course, we will also have a website and email set up if they should ever have any questions or concerns they need to contact us about.

6. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

Other companies that are trying to reform education aren’t often focused in the sciences. Additionally, we give the teacher that is trying to get involved with us the hardware and the software to do so. Other companies often only give one or the other. Additionally, we are using hydroponics so that the students can see what roots look like and understand more about nutrients and nutrient absorption in plants. Because we are students ourselves, we can better understand the needs of younger students and what they need to know in middle school. This way, we can best help the students.

7. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

We have just began prototyping in classrooms. This year, we will impact 160 students in four different classrooms. While we don’t have data yet as this is our first groups, but we hope to see massive signs of improvement!

8. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

In the future, we plan to get into more classrooms and reach even more students. After our first four groups, we plan to help more fourth graders and different grades and capabilities. We would love to add on to our existing curriculum to include more topics and encompass more grade and ability levels. We would love to expand to more cities and even states so that we can help the most amount of students.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Web/Mobile Development

10. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Mentors/advisors
  • Donations less than $100

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • White (for example: German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French) (6)

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • No, I do not identify with an underrepresented community

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Email

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?

The Knowledge Society

Evaluation results

11 evaluations so far

1. Overall evaluation

5 - This idea rocked my world. It’s awesome! - 63.6%

4 - This idea seems really exciting. With a little more polishing, it’d be among my favorites. - 18.2%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 18.2%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - It didn’t make my heart beat faster. - 0%

2. Changemaker Quality

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 72.7%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 9.1%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 18.2%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

3. Creativity

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 45.5%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 36.4%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 18.2%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

4. Commitment

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 100%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 11.1%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 11.1%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer - 0%

5. Connection

5 - Absolutely, 100%! - 81.8%

4 - I feel really good about this - very promising - 0%

3 - This has some good elements and some areas for development - 18.2%

2 - This doesn’t inspire me so much - 0%

1 - This entry is weak here - 0%

No Answer or No Connection - 0%


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You have presented a wonderful concept. Students learn in different modalities, and your ideas can reach these students learning in their own ways. Teachers are always looking for ideas and help with lessons. I believe you have touched on a great need in our educational world. I hope you continue your work of developing these ideas.

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