Field + Stone began with a team of students who desired to develop a service project that centered around nature. During their initial research, the team learned about Nature Deficit Disorder and were intrigued by its impact on humans. They also shared personal stories of how nature had positively influenced their own lives and had helped build relationships with family and friends. Other research consisted of talking to a local ESL teacher who has created outdoor programs for refugees, watching documentaries, and interviewing a sixth grade teacher about what role technology plays in his classroom.
A team of students spent the year solving a problem nearly everyone has encountered at some point in their life: bad sportsmanship. During the “understand” and “empathy” phases of the design thinking process, the "Have a Ball" team interviewed local experts on the topic of sportsmanship including Peter Oliver, a lifelong sports coach, and Tim Brady, an executive board member of the Idaho Youth Sports Commission.
How might we give high school students the tools to form a plan to get home safely from gatherings involving drugs and alcohol? During the beginning stages of this project, the One Stone student team discovered that each team member had somehow been affected by teenagers driving while impaired. They quickly dove into empathy work and learned from police officers, prosecutors, community members and each other about the severity of impaired driving in the Treasure Valley.
How might we provide a platform for elders around Boise to leave a legacy they are proud of?The Mission: Memoir team began in fall 2016 by researching what challenges elders face on a daily basis. Among their findings were statistics about health issues and memory loss, stories about elders being abused by caregivers, becoming victims of financial scams, and even the stigma of moving into a retirement facility.
Open Book Adventures is One Stone’s free tutoring and mentoring program for first and second grade students. Once a week for five weeks, the first and second grade “Buddies” are paired with a One Stone “Adventure Guide” for an hour and a half of reading, writing, games and connection. Open Book Adventures provides leadership opportunities for One Stone student members and forges an unparalleled bond between guide and buddy.
How might we help reverse the ‘summer slide’ in literacy skills of underserved 1st-3rd graders?
Open Book Adventures is One Stone’s free literacy mentoring program for underserved youth across the Treasure Valley. During this summer’s second iteration of the project’s summer camp, thirty-five 1st–3rd grade “Buddies” were paired with One Stone student “Adventure Guides” for three full days of reading, writing, games, crafts and connection.
How might we educate youth and their parents about the importance of healthy eating? Through the design thinking process, the One Stone team researched the effects nutrition has on physical and mental health by meeting with local nutritionists, watching TED talks and reading through many nutrition sources.