Introducing a new way of thinking
Over 150 college students took part in a series of interactive NXplorers workshops to help them prepare their entries for the first Virtual League Competition of the Shell Eco-Marathon, Pitch the Future.
Pitch the Future is designed to give students the opportunity to apply their STEM skills toward solving real-world energy challenges in a variety of contexts. By integrating NXplorers to this process, students were able to use NXthinking tools and methodologies that helped them expand their thinking, both critically and creatively. It gave the students an opportunity to think more deeply about the challenges, to reflect on and identify different future scenarios, to think about how to plan for sustainable change, and to learn how to pitch and inspire belief in their ideas.
Gaining a new perspective, virtually
These enthusiastic students took part in six highly interactive virtual learning sessions, complemented by the self-paced NXplorers online learning modules. The regional winners of Pitch the Future’s “Tracking and reducing CO2 emissions in vehicles” mini-challenge were a team from the University of Philippines- Diliman called Alamat UP. The team acknowledged that using NXthinking was crucial to their success, and found the Scamper Tool and the Feasibility Funnel significantly useful for their project.
“NXplorers helped our team see things in a new perspective and guided us through the process of complex problem-solving. What’s great about NXthinking is that it can be used in any situation and can be applied in our day-to-day to lives.”
Jose Carlo Manalang, Mechanical Engineering student from the University of the Philippines-Diliman
Equipped with NXplorers tools and NXthinking, the students are now excitedly gearing up for the next stages of the Shell Eco-Marathon, which will start in 2021.