Inspire wonder in kids learning from home


With stay-at-home orders in place, parents around the world are balancing quality family time with working remotely. Many children are engaged in online learning activities and other parents are trying to find meaningful experiences for their kids while they’re away from traditional learning environments. It can be an overwhelming task to find engaging resources for students during this time of disruption – let alone ones that inspire wonder.

SAS has created an activity that students can complete at home. It’s one that will pique students’ interest in global efforts and draws from one of SAS’ core values – curiosity.

“We want students to be curious about the world around them and even find wonder in it. We hope they will do just that when they participate in the Wonder Challenge."

April 1st kicked off the SAS Wonder Challenge in partnership with Science Olympiad – a virtual competition to celebrate innovation and science in our communities. This month’s Wonder Challenge revolves around the Global Goals, asking students to “Spread the Facts” from a data story in GatherIQ.

Making a difference in the world

SAS’ commitment to the Data for Good movement led to the development of GatherIQ, a free app that focuses on the United Nations 17 Global Goals which world leaders agreed to for a better world by 2030. GatherIQ is an interactive hub for students and global citizens alike to learn, share and do more for our world. This app gives students the chance to look at the world through the lens of data and the stories behind the people that are already making a difference.

The Wonder Challenge is a great way to get students involved in the Global Goals and see data in ways that help them interpret the world around them.

Watch the video to find out how to bring wonder to your home this month and help us “Spread the Facts!”

Here’s what you need to know to participate in the Wonder Challenge

For the April Wonder Challenge, we want YOUR help in sharing awareness about the Global Goals on social media. Here’s how to get involved:

  1. Go to GatherIQ.
  2. Find a Global Goal that speaks to you by checking out the stories, images and trivia.
  3. Create a poster to bring awareness to a cause that you love. Get creative; use a computer, tablet, or simply paper and pencil.
  4. Share your creation on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram using the hashtag #WonderChallenge and #GatherIQ.
    If you like, tag @SciOly2020 and @SASsoftware. Top five entries will receive a SAS Prizepack!

About Author

Lee Ellen Harmer

Outreach and Collaborations Manager

Lee Ellen Harmer is a member of the Social Innovation Division at SAS, a team committed to finding innovative ways to apply SAS® technology to the world's most pressing needs. While focused heavily on global sustainability issues, the Social Innovation team also works to support the next generation of innovators, introducing young learners to data, how it can be used to better understand global issues, and how to turn those insights into action in their own communities. Lee Ellen's role encompasses marketing, communications, and partnerships to help promote the adoption of data literacy, coding, and AI for K12. SAS believes in promoting learning for all, with the goal of building a global community of innovators. Lee Ellen has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business with a marketing concentration from Wake Forest University (Winston Salem, NC).

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