Local students have been hard at work designing a therapeutic toy.

Jefferson Middle School students were challenged to create a toy for children with cerebral palsy. They used their understanding of design tools, technology and teamwork to communicate ideas and collaborate on the design. The goal is to focus on innovation  in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), and this challenge is just one way the district is implementing its Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum.

Students addressed the needs of the stakeholders and used research to see how their toy would impact the children. Groups built and tested the design prototypes, evaluated the solution and will present in a “Shark Tank” challenge tomorrow.

Project Lead the Way engages students in activities that not only build knowledge and skills in areas including computer science, engineering and biomedical science, but also empower them to develop other essential skills.

We will bring you the latest on the Shark Tank Challenge on This Week in Torrance.