Wiley students work to solve local challenges

A DECA-inspired project today and Friday has groups of Wiley Elementary School fifth graders working on real-world problems facing local businesses and non-profits.

Fifth graders at Wiley took scenarios or problems from 20 local businesses and non-profits. Students are working on the scenarios over the next two days and brainstorming solutions for their subject areas. Students have been placed on teams for interest areas – finance, trade, community relations, arts and recreation, medical/PR and marketing.

On Friday afternoon, students will pick their strongest solutions and present those to a panel of local businesses.  

The project-based learning experience provides students with ample opportunities to write, collaborate as a team and research. Teachers for the students are Carly Torres and Shakera Ross. Instructional support teacher Kristi Link and Jessica Self also were part of pulling the entire project together.

Link got the inspiration for the learning opportunity from watching her daughters who participated in DECA at Hutchinson High School.