Located in the heart of Mumbai, India, the American School of Bombay is a coeducational, independent, IB day school from Pre-K to Grade 12.
SOLVE at ASB is a learning initiative of the American School of Bombay. It is a school-wide, semi-annual, week-long design thinking experience that gives students agency to tackle relevant, real world issues, and see their prototypes through to implementation. By engaging all students, PreK to Grade 12 as well as staff and the wider community of parents and NGO partners, SOLVE provides an inclusive opportunity to strengthen connections among peers across grade levels and disciplines.
Design thinking—at the core of the SOLVE at ASB experience—is not new to ASB. The school celebrates a tradition of innovation and leadership in teaching and learning that has earned the respect of peer institutions for over a decade, and instructional staff often apply the process of design thinking to core curricula—particularly in science and art classrooms, innovation labs, and maker spaces.
SOLVE at ASB is unique in that prototypes are student-led, collaborative across grade levels and disciplines, aim to solve real-world challenges, and include testing and implementation. To highlight design thinking's non-linear, iterative process, facilitators will create an ongoing feedback loop where students can review past prototypes, offer input, and make improvements over time.
SOLVE 1.0 - BUILDING COMMUNITY
The inaugural SOLVE at ASB event was held in November, and began with a challenge statement—a prompt to foster creative discussion and identify the broad topics the students would go on to explore: “How do we build the ASB Community back, stronger than ever?”
SOLVE 2.0 - SHARK TANK EDITION
The second SOLVE at ASB event was held in May. For this edition, students moved the focus outside the school walls to create solutions for the larger community. From the Secondary School experience, five teams were chosen to pitch their prototypes to a Shark Tank style panel of distinguished guest judges.