Feeding 9 Billion Ideas Congress:

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Offered in the Fall semester, the Feeding 9 Billion Ideas Congress class allows students enrolled in a 3rd or 4th-year independent studies course to earn credit toward their major by participating in a transdisciplinary project-based class, that begins with the high-energy, weekend-long Feeding 9 Billion Challenge.

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This class offers the chance to develop a real-life project that addresses a problem you care about, in food/sustainability/agriculture. Instructors mentor you to work on a solution to a local problem, and the class is designed to develop your confidence as a changemaker. You acquire skills that help you in the working-world: you learn to work with peers from an array of backgrounds and disciplines, problem-solve, collaborate diplomatically, and think critically about problems and solutions.

The fall semester is structured as follows:

  • September
    • Feeding 9 Billion Challenge (weekend-long event, Sept 23-24, ’17) *mandatory*
    • Ideation and concept-testing; communication training
  • October
    • Mentorship to develop & advance project ideas that were generated during Feeding 9 Billion Challenge Weekend
    • World Food Day: presentations on progress
  • November
    • Project development–through community engagement, independent research, and teamwork
    • Mentorship and testing
    • Prep for external competitions/opportunities
  • December
    • Final presentations & reports

For more specific details about the grading structure of the class, click here.