What will the students be creating? Choose a final product based on the challenge.

Here are a few ideas.


  • PowerPoint

  • Posters

  • Video or skit

  • Social media campaign posts

  • Physical model of a product



  • Brochure

  • Formal letter

  • Infographic/data visualization

  • Website/mobile app sketch-ups

  • Written report or proposal


Challenge Ideas

This list is meant to give you an idea of possible challenges. Feel free to build off of these or invent your own. 

Check out this Google Doc and add your own ideas! Preflight Challenge Ideas


Professions: business owner, marketer, designer, product manager, resturaunt owner, etc.

Possible classes: English, history, possibly math

  • Design a sketch-up of an app that improves the mall shopping experience. 

  • How can we better market our product (clothes, shoes, food…) to teenagers? Develop a plan of action with commercial ideas, social media posts and other strategies.

  • How can we get more people to come to our restaurant? We have great food and service, but no one knows we exist! Design a marketing strategy to get us more customers.

  • Completely redesign the way people order and eat pizza. This could be a mobile application, a new type of restaurant, a new business… get creative!

  • Based on the financial data for our small business, predict our next quarter of growth, and visualize the data in an engaging and creative way.



Professions: doctor, nurse, nutritionist, researcher, health marketer, etc.

Possible classes: health, science, English

  • How can we prevent teenage smoking? Invent a program or campaign to educate and prevent smoking.

  • Student Wellness: What is wellness to a student? Do they only think of it in a physical context, or do they include mental aspects of wellness? Create a graphic representation of your idea of wellness. 

  • How can we encourage teenagers to comply with their medical treatments? Create a campaign, system or proposal to address this problem.

  • How can we encourage teenagers to eat healthier? Create a campaign or program to educate and motivate teenagers to take control of their health. 


Community Work

Professions: program planner, city council member, community development, etc.

Possible classes: English, art

  • How can we make better public spaces in our city? Write a proposal that imagines new ideas for parks and other city spaces.

  • How can we inspire the community to identify problems and solutions that improves community wellbeing? Develop an idea for a way for citizens to have an active voice in their community.



Professions: engineer, researcher, energy company employee, college professor, etc.

Possible classes: Any science or math

  • How can we spread the use of solar power? Identify barriers and solutions. Design a plan for your school to have zero carbon footprint.

  • How might we identify new uses for waste and develop new businesses and jobs? Show your ideas and how you would implement them.

  • How might we create solar passive homes that save energy and are comfy to live in? Draw a model of the perfect solar house with labels for the innovative features.


Nonprofits / Charities

Professions: program manager, marketing, any non-profit worker

Possible classes: English

  • In the wake of the ALS ice bucket challenge, it is clear that the best way to draw attention to your cause is to start a movement. Using this idea, come up with a strategy to raise awareness and donations for our charity.