Student Action Teams (SAT)
Student Action Teams provide both a website and a smartphone application for students to address community wide issues, work with others to solve interesting problems and gets to connect with mentors and their communities. Student Action Teams offer students the following opportunities:
1) Work with their peers, teachers, mentors and corporate sponsors to identify and develop plans to address these issues
2) gain real world working experience
3) learn to manage a project and lead a team
4) take ownership of responsibilities
5) working closely with their communities
purpose: Student Action Teams (SAT) provide a student centred and active educational approach to community based learning and connection for schools. SATs are an effective way of developing teams which link students to their communities.
Underpinning SATs is the concept of building positive self concepts by
providing young people with a
-sense of meaning and purpose
- sense of control and
- sense of belonging or bonding.
Key challenges which schools faced are enhancing student engagement in learning and reducing the risk of alienation and isolation. SATs address these challenges while simultaneously increasing studentsâ€™ knowledge, skills, confidence and connectedness to their school and community.
users: The primary users of this system will be students who would like to work with their community to solve interesting problems and issues. However, the system/app is not limited to just students, but welcome all teachers and members of the community to participate and get involved. Teachers and other members can be mentors to the student action team and offer advice and guidance to the team. Sponsors such as large corporations or local businesses who also like to get involved and contribute to help the community can also get involved within the SAT system.
usage: Our users can use the system to create a campaign focused on a particular issue or problem that concerns the students and their communities. Once a campaign has been created, the creator can invite other fellow students to form a committee team with each committee member assigned a specific role and take ownership of a special area of the campaign. The students can interact with each other via the website's campaign forum or via the smart phone app to discuss ideas and their research findings. The committee team can use the findings to draft up action plans and people who are interested in the campaign can volunteer to help execute these action plans. Students can also seek advice from their campaign mentors. These mentors can be teachers from the school, working professionals or respected members from the community.
data: Student Action Teams act as a platform for teams to gather valuable data from other students and teachers and the community that may not be publicly available. These data can include the interests of the students and their community, research data that students have gathered relating to certain issues, ideas and strategies that students and their campaign committee team had designed to tackle some of these issues and so on.
instructions: Please refer to the following link for a fully working prototype of the system:
The following demo user accounts have been created to access the SAT system:
(Student demo account)
(Mentor demo account)
FYI: Mentors can give endorsements and recommendations to students.
support: To improve the system, it is important to work with the NSW education department and Board of Studies to further identify features and functionalities that can help students become more involved, interested and passionate about leading a team, research about a problem and coming up with strategies to solve these problems.
example: Our previous work include:
- Routify NSW (an iPhone traffic report application that sourced traffic data from RTA data feed)
- My Cycle of Care (one of the winners of the Empower Consumer category of the apps4NSW organized by NSW Health)
This is really amazing idea. It would be extremely helpful
Lucy Lin Unohoo commented
Cool idea! I think this would have been really helpful when I was at school!
Linda Hooperg commented
This is an interesting idea for senior high school and uni students.
this is a great idea. love the site.