WHAT IS WHAT IF 101?
What If 101 is a school-based program that walks students through the ideation process. It helps students make a real-world impact through experiential learning and problem-based learning.
What If 101 is an ideal starting point for students with dreams and creativity to learn about their community and gain new skills in class.
EMPOWERING IDEAS THAT PUT IMAGINATION & EMPATHY INTO ACTION
In the beginning, students explore their community and their skills through research, virtual field learning experience, and by engaging with guest speakers.
Students then ideate new ideas to help the diverse needs of their community to help their neighbors and neighborhoods thrive. In the final weeks of the semester, students develop new ideas to serve the common good based on all they’ve experienced.
DEVELOPING 21ST CENTURY AND SOCIAL EMOTIONAL SKILLS
During What If 101, students develop 21st-century skills like critical thinking, collaboration, and communication, and social-emotional skills like self-awareness, social-awareness, self-management, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.
Students in What If 101 grapple with the importance of new ideas and thinking critically. They gain confidence in how they communicate and understand how to research as they explore new ideas. Working in collaborative teams students think deeply about how their actions influence each other and how they can create an idea together for the common good.
WHAT IF 101 FAMILIES – WELCOME!
What If 101 empowers middle school students to explore and launch ideas that put empathy and imagination into action. What If 101 meets weekly during the school day and connects students with their community in order to learn about assets and challenges that exist. Then we guide students as they develop their own ideas that could help their community for good.
PLEASE COMPLETE THE WHAT IF 101 GRANT FORM FOR YOUR STUDENT!
The release form below is to collect information for grants that help support What If 101 and for your permission for your middle schooler to participate in What If 101.
For more information on bringing What If 101 to your middle school, email us!
SEE WHAT MIDDLE SCHOOLERS HAVE CREATED
Have you ever seen the bikes you can barrow outside the libraries in Stark County? That was the idea of middle schoolers!
In 2014, Abby, Devin, and Alexis had an idea. What If Stark County had a bike lending program that would give anyone who needed it access to better transportation, exercise, and recreation?
And, they thought, what if it could all be free?
The All-Ages Tech & Gaming Club
The Friend smART App
WHAT IF 101 – CURRENT PARTNERS
Families – Please complete the Permission Form for What If 101
WHAT IF 101 – PAST SCHOOL PARTNERS