How will the world be different in the coming years? On this program, high school students will design innovations for a new normal. Students will consider global perspectives on the challenges the pandemic has presented, and develop their own solutions to issues for music, food, sports, education ahead.

How will the world be different after the global pandemic? How do we want it to look?

On this program, high school students will join innovators from around the country and the world to design the new normal in four key areas: food, education, music _ arts, and sports. Students will work in small teams to consider global perspectives on the challenges the pandemic has presented and the vision and work to craft a new future. Ultimately teams will design concrete solutions and strategies to make the world stronger, more adaptable, and more human-centered.

Program Details

This program is two and a half weeks long, broken up into three sessions. For the first two sessions, students may choose one of two themes each week to research and begin collaborating on project ideas. Then in the final half-week session, students will have extra time to work on the theme or project that they found most interesting. 


Program groups for each theme will meet online daily from 1:00-4:00 pm Eastern/10:00 am-1:00 pm Pacific. Students will hear from speakers around the world to lend new viewpoints and ideas on each theme. We will then break into smaller teams to conduct research and collaborate on a project together, getting together before or after full-group meetings. Optional mentor hours will also be offered outside the regular schedule. Themes for each session are:

Session I (June 15-19): Schools & Education OR Restaurants & Food

Session II (June 22-26): Sports  & Play OR Music & Art


For these three days (June 29-July 1), students will take additional time to work on the project of their choice. Teams and individuals may meet with mentors and speakers to help guide their work. The program will end with a final project forum and opportunities to share ideas with a wider audience. 

Projects and Portfolios

At the end of each session each team will have a completed project proposal based on the work in the studio. During the final half week session and beyond, we will work with students to publish, present, or continue building their projects, and (with permission) feature the student work in an online gallery or publish the outcomes online or in print. Students can add their project work to their resume or personal portfolio.


This program is open to students entering grades 9-12 in the 2020-21 academic year, with a maximum capacity of 20 students per theme/40 students per session. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis beginning on April 30, 2020. Once accepted, you will receive an email with more information and a code to enroll.   

Interested applicants may apply using the form on the Atlas website.

Cost and Session Information

The program fee is $500 for the entire two and a half week program, or $275 for one and a half weeks. Financial aid is available for qualifying applicants.


Tuition includes:  

A hands-on Design Kit mailed to you with tools and materials for your project 
Facilitation and small-group coaching from professional Program Leads 
Video conferencing with speakers and experts 
Follow-up support with student projects and portfolios 

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