Mountain Vista Students Participate in Global Student Leadership Conference in Switzerland
DAVOS, Switzerland - Students from Mountain Vista traveled to Europe this summer to attend a student leadership conference with1,600 other students from around the world.
The Education First Global Student Leadership Conference was held in Davos, Switzerland and provided the students an opportunity to work in small groups that designed, prototyped, and presented solutions to challenges in the current education system. It is was an effort they had prepared for all of last year by participating in a before-school class at Mountain Vista called Global Learning and Leaders.
“The students invested a whole year of their time to understanding and applying the Design Thinking process,” explained Mountain Vista teacher and sponsor Shannon Vance. “The key to Design Thinking is empathy — instead of making a product with the goal of selling the largest amount possible, it’s all about the customer and giving them what they need and want.”
All of the work paid off. Mountain Vista junior Patrick Veihman and his group won the Popular Vote for their innovation: portable pedals that can be attached to desks to help students release their energy in a way that’s not disruptive or distracting.
The enthusiastic students will now take what they learned and work closely with the teachers and administrative staff at Vista to make a difference in their own school.
Many of the students are already planning to attend next year’s conference in The Hague. The theme is “Education as a Human Right.”