Be a Part of the Solution with Motorola Mobility!

Be Part of the Solution with Motorola Mobility! For the past two years, Citizen Schools has partnered with Motorola Mobility Foundation to challenge students in grades 5-8 to be the social innovators of tomorrow! The Chicago Maker Challenge is a city-wide contest in which middle and high school students develop a hardware or software solution that solves a community problem or makes the world more accessible to people with disabilities.

Under the guidance of Motorola Mobility volunteers known as Citizen Teachers, students participating in Citizen Schools designed solutions such as stuffed animals equipped with bluetooth technology to combat depression, wheelchairs equipped with GPS systems and a mobile app that can help a police force identify crime trends in real-time!

The competition is fierce—students’ designs underwent two rounds of judging on the criteria of community impact, originality, design quality, and alignment of a solution to the identified problem. We congratulate Citizen Schools’ students and volunteers on earning several awards:

  •         Community Solutions Finalist: KAE Animals, Chase Elementary
  •         Best Video: Self Reliant Wheelchair, Woodson South Elementary School
  •         Best Design: Super Shovel, Chase Elementary School
  •         Best Product Name: Gun Glasses

Citizen Schools Illinois thanks Motorola Mobility Foundation for being one of our most generous financial supporters.  In addition to substantial philanthropic support, since 2013 more than 50 Motorola Mobility employees have given over 6,000 hours to impact over 170 middle school students in Chicago Public Schools. Citizen Schools is excited to continue our partnership with Motorola Mobility for the 2015-2016 school year.

The Motorola Mobility Foundation (MMF) is the philanthropic arm of Motorola Mobility LLC, a Lenovo company.  Motorola Mobility Foundation seeks to catalyze the innovative use of technology to improve lives and communities. We do this by leveraging employee expertise and talent, providing funding, and partnering with nonprofits, learning institutions, startups, government, corporate and civic organizations.